PAKISTAN

PRODUCTION OUTLOOK

Types of tobacco leaf grown in 2017 (Source: Pakistan Tobacco Board): Flue Cured Virginia, Dark Air-cured, Rustica and Burley

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PEOPLE INVOLVED IN TOBACCO

Employment numbers of the tobacco leaf value chain in 2017 (Source: Pakistan Tobacco Board): Growers: 75 000; Direct and Indirect Employment: 350,000; People whose livelihood depends on tobacco: 1.2 million

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AREA BY LEAF TYPE

Represents the percentage of area cultivated by tobacco leaf type in the country in 2019 (Source: Pakistan Tobacco Board)

66%FC VIRGINIA
33%RUSTICA
1%DARK AIR-CURED

KEY INSIGHTS

Key statistics of the tobacco leaf production in the country

38

AREA

Thousand Hectares (2019), Source: Pakistan Tobacco Board

112

PRODUCTION

Thousand Tons (2019), Source: Pakistan Tobacco Board

0.61

AREA/GROWER

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

11

EXPORT VALUE

Million US$ (2019), Source: UN Comtrade

93

PRODUCTION VALUE

Million US$ (2018), Source: FAO

2,976

YIELD

kg per Hectare (2019), Source: Pakistan Tobacco Board

1,772

REVENUE/HA

US$ per Hectare (2016), Source: Calculated from FAO and Pakistan Tobacco Board

TOBACCO IN PAKISTAN

Brief contextualization of the importance of Tobacco in Pakistan

40%

ILLICIT TRADE

Share of the market
E

ven though tobacco occupies much less land than other crops grown in the country, it generates substantially higher returns in comparison. It is also worth stating that the tobacco industry is the only possibility if a farmer wants to receive prompt payments. Tobacco is the only crop in Pakistan whose yield is higher than the world average, therefore being able to compete with larger producers. The quality of Pakistani tobacco also enables the possibility of the crop being exported, thus generating significant foreign revenue proceeds. Tobacco is an important contributor to the Government coffers with revenues surpassing the US$ 1 billion mark. Due to the number of people employed across the sector’s value chain, the industry has a very important economic impact in the Pakistani economy.

Sources: Tobacco and Nicotine database, Pakistan Tobacco Board, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 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)

  • BELGIUM 49%

  • PHILIPPINES 10%

  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 10%

  • MALAYSIA 6%

  • SRI LANKA 6%

  • OTHERS 19%

  • BELGIUM 48%

  • PHILIPPINES 11%

  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 10%

  • MALAYSIA 7%

  • INDONESIA 6%

  • OTHERS 18%

                                    VALUE (2017)                                                                                                          QUANTITY (2017)