LEBANON

PRODUCTION OUTLOOK

Types of tobacco leaf grown in 2010 (Source: Chaaban et al., 2010): Burley, Saade 6 and Tinbak

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PEOPLE INVOLVED IN TOBACCO

Employment numbers of the tobacco leaf value chain in 2010 (Source: Chaaban et al. 2010): Growers: 24 000; People who depend on tobacco cultivation: 55 200

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AREA BY LEAF TYPE

Represents the percentage of area cultivated by tobacco leaf type in the country in 2010 (Source: Chaaban et al., 2010)

82%SAADE 6
17%TINBAK
1%BURLEY

KEY INSIGHTS

Key statistics of the tobacco leaf production in the country

8

AREA

Thousand Hectares (2017), Source: FAO

9

PRODUCTION

Thousand Tons (2017), Source: FAO

0.3

AREA/GROWER

Hectares per Grower (2017), Source: Calculated by ITGA

29

EXPORT VALUE

Million US$ (2017), Source: UN Comtrade

69

PRODUCTION VALUE

Million US$ (2016), Source: FAO

1,156

YIELD

kg per Hectare (2017), Source: FAO

8,943

REVENUE/HA

US$ per hectare (2016), Source: Calculated from FAO 

TOBACCO IN LEBANON

Brief contextualization of the importance of Tobacco in Lebanon

57%

SOUTH

Region % of the country’s tobacco output
T

obacco is grown due to being an economically viable production for the country. It provides various employment opportunities. The Government receives significant revenue from taxes on tobacco, the sale of tobacco products and by taxing tobacco companies. Such contributions have reached US$ 444 million in 2018. The industry is a reliable source of foreign currency. Other indirect benefit of tobacco growing is preventing migration within the country as it provides job opportunities in regions where jobs are scarce. The relative stability of the industry provides a stable source of income to many families. Tobacco is also grown to meet the demands of the domestic market and to export.

Sources: Tobacco and Nicotine database, Tobacco Reporter, Régie Libanaise de Tabacs et Tombacs (RLTT), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), (Chaaban et al., 2010) and ITGA.

EXPORT PARTNERS

This section aims at identifying the most important commercial partners in terms of Value and Quantity (Source: Calculated from data from UN Comtrade)

  • EGYPT 62%

  • GREECE 21%

  • BULGARIA 14%

  • AZERBAIJAN 2%

  • OTHERS 1%

  • EGYPT 51%

  • GREECE 24%

  • BULGARIA 13%

  • AZERBAIJAN 10%

  • OTHERS 2%

                                    VALUE (2017)                                                                                                          QUANTITY (2017)