CETARSA undertakes to maintain this year the same purchases of cultivated tobacco than in last year harvest
Compañía Española de Tabaco en Rama (CETARSA) announced in the meeting which it held today with the Agrupaciones de Productores Agrarios (associations of farm producers APAS) its undertaking of purchasing from all those farmers who so wish the same amount of tobacco which each farmer grew in last harvest, thus guaranteeing an adequate commercialization for their production for this financial year 2014.
This undertaking from CETARSA is good news for the Spanish tobacco industry and it entails a significant effort for the Company at a time in which the tobacco industry is affected by a large fall in the legal sales of cigarettes during the last years, both in Spain and in the rest of Europe, while at the same time it has been affected by the passing of a more and more restrictive regulation regarding its consumption, and in a context of a growth in tobacco contraband and a strong rise of the value of the Euro against the American Dollar, which deteriorates the competitiveness of European tobacco.
CETARSA’s Chairman, Mr. Javier Gómez Darmendrail, pointed out that “once more it is affirmed the strong commitment which this Company has for providing support to the tobacco producing industry and maintaining the jobs at our workplaces”.
Thus, it must be highlighted that this important decision which has been taken by CETARSA will benefit not only the growers of Spanish tobacco but also the permanent workers of the tobacco company which are hired for seasonal activities, as it will make possible that the average employment during the 2014 harvest reaches similar levels to those recorded in the 2013 harvest, a year when the average employment level of that category of workers increased in around 15%.
CETARSA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which includes a total of 16 state-owned companies in which it has direct, majority shareholding participations, with a workforce of more than 75,000 professionals; it also includes the Spanish state-owned television and radio corporation, Corporación Radiotelevisión Española, which is attached to SEPI, and one public foundation. Equally, SEPI has direct minority shareholdings in a further nine companies, and indirect shareholdings in more than one hundred companies.
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