22 | OCT . 2021

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Pesticide packaging reverse logistics pioneer program turns 21

The Empty Pesticide Packaging Collection Program turns 21 on Saturday, October 23. The initiative of the tobacco sector in sending trucks and specialized teams to remote rural localities to collect the empty containers of chemical products used in the rural properties, started prior to specific legislation on the subject. This is because, two years before the promulgation of Decree 4.074 – which, in its Article 53 sets forth that users of pesticides and the like have to return their containers – the tobacco sector had already been collecting the empty containers. Created in 2000 as a pilot project for the correct disposal of empty containers, the program was inaugurated in the district of Rio Pardinho, interior of Santa Cruz do Sul (RS), on October 23. Shortly after, the program conducted by the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco) and associate companies, in partnership with the Tobacco Growers' Association of Brazil (Afubra), began to cover new localities and expanded its scope to all the tobacco growing regions in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. Once consolidated in the territory of the above-mentioned State, the program was extended to Santa Catarina, as of August 2004. Currently, 113 thousand tobacco farmers are assisted by the itinerant collection program, which calls at approximately 1.8 thousand collection sites in the rural areas. In all, there are 10 itineraries that comprise 395 municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. In 21 years, the Program has already collected the considerable amount of 17.7 million pieces, and disposed of them correctly. However, the big amount of containers collected so far by the Program cannot be associated to tobacco farming only, because most farmers have adhered to crop diversification, meaning that lots of empty containers are related to crops other than tobacco. Upon recalling that several research works attest that tobacco is one of the commercial crops that uses the least amount of pesticides (only 1.01 kilogram of active ingredient per hectare), the president of the SindiTabaco, Iro Schünke, explains the objective of the action. “By providing for the correct disposal, the initiative contributes toward the preservation of the environment, whilst protecting the health and safety of the farmers and their families”, the chief executive says. “As we are focused on the sustainability of the entire supply chain, the collection of the empty packaging benefits the sector as a whole”, he adds.  The coordinator of the Empty Packaging Collection Program, Carlos Sehn, explains that the containers are picked up according to a previously established and detailed chronogram, broadly publicized by all the communication vehicles, as well as by the agricultural extension workers of the companies associated with the SindiTabaco. “The farmers receive individual invitations informing date, time and place of the itinerant collection in their communities”, he says. “Upon delivering their triple rinsed empty containers, they are given receipts, which are of fundamental importance as they have to be presented to the environmental enforcement organs”, he adds. GLOBAL BENCHMARK As the farmers are advised to triple rinse their empty containers, the tobacco sector program leads to a high recycling rate. Once collected, the containers are forwarded to the waste treatment plants of the National Empty Packaging Processing Institute (inPEV), administrator of the Clean Field System. According to the logistics manager at the inpEV, Mario Fujii, everything that is sent to the plants of the Clean Field System, initially goes through a classification stage, and selection is according to the type of the materials, and the rinsed containers are separated from the non-rinsed. “All correctly rinsed plastic containers are pressed at the receiving stations, transformed into bales and sent to the recycling plants”, he clarifies. “They can be transformed into different artifacts, like conduits, ducts, drains, connections and drainage pipes, or into new containers and caps for pesticide containers”, he explains. Due to the excellence of the inbound delivery programs and stimulus to recycling, Brazil sets an example to the world with regard to the environmentally correct disposal of plastic pesticide containers. The latest available data suggest that Brazil is running ahead of other countries that have similar programs, like France, which recycles 77%; Canada, 73%; and the United States, 33%.  “Of the total amount received by the Clean Field System, 93% is recycled and 7% incinerated”, Fujii explains. “With such positive rates, Brazil is a global benchmark and sets an example to other countries”, he concludes. A REMINDER - In the State of Paraná, container receiving programs get financial support from the tobacco companies. - All farmers are advised to return their triple rinsed containers, perforated and their caps removed and delivered along with the containers. This initiative favors the recycling steps. -  The Program run by the SindiTabaco, associate companies and with support from Afubra, plays a significant role in the results of the Clean Field Program, which, since 2002 (when it started), has already correctly disposed of upwards of 630 thousand tons of empty packaging. For high resolution photos, click HERE. (Photo credits: Junio Nunes) Know more about the Empty Packaging Collection Program, click HERE. MSLGROUP Andreoli Arthur Ianhez - arthur.ianhez@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9300 / (11) 97375-2413 Eliana Stülp Kroth - eliana.stulp@mslgroup.com - (51) 3713-1777 / (51) 9708-5539 Thais Thomaz - thais.thomaz@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9373 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

21 | SEP . 2021

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Iro Schünke is reelected president of SindiTabaco

September 2021 – Reelected for the sixth consecutive term of office, Iro Schünke continues presiding over the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union SindiTabaco. The election took place in early September, at the head office of the entity, in Santa Cruz do Sul (RS), with only one candidate, and the directors of the 2021-2024 term of office were also elected. Besides Schünke, the board of directors is composed of the following members: Edenir Gassen, secretariat vice-president; Flavio Marques Goulart, finance vice-president; Valmor Thesing, Industrial Affairs vice-president; Roberto Naue, Fiscal Affairs vice-president; Paulo Cezar Favero, Tobacco Production and Quality vice-president; and Guatimozin de Oliveira Santos Filho, vice-president of Environmental Management and Social Responsibility. The new board of directors will take office on October 22. According to Iro Schünke, who has been presiding over the entity since 2006, the next term of office is supposed to give continuity to the work which has been going on in the defense of the tobacco supply chain.  “We consider all matters of common interest to our associate members, with an eye on strengthening the supply chain as a whole”, he says. “Our major goals are the regulatory matters, social and environmental responsibility and visibility of the sector”, the official complements. Within this context, the Union has been keeping a close watch on all matters relative to the Framework Convention, and pioneered programs in the social and environmental areas. Examples include the Empty Pesticide Container Collection Program and incentive to reforestation and direct planting. Initiatives relative to child labor were highly encouraged with the foundation of the Growing Up Right Institute, which came as an entrepreneurial wake up call to hundreds of adolescents in the rural settings. Furthermore, the SindiTabaco encourages rural diversification, through such actions as the Corn, Bean and Pastureland after Tobacco Harvest Program. “Our work is totally transparent, as this is the model that we are trying to strengthen, and will continue guiding our activities in areas that impact upon the life of those who earn a livelihood from this agribusiness segment”, he stresses. 2021-2024 TERM   BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Iro Schünke Secretariat Vice-President: Edenir Gassen Finance Vice-President: Flavio Marques Goulart Vice-President of Industrial Affairs: Valmor Thesing Vice-President of Fiscal Affairs: Roberto Naue Vice-President Tobacco Production and Quality: Paulo Cezar Favero Vice-President of Environmental Management and Social Responsibility: Guatimozin de Oliveira Santos Filho Substitutes: Alcindo Luiz Glesse, Flávio Lucas Goettert, Jorge Guilherme Struecker, Heitor Celso Kipper, Lucas Sartori and Eduardo Ivan Beckemkamp. SUPERVISORY COUNCIL Adelir Legramanti, Oziel Klaus Kohn e Vernei Lamartes Oberbeck Suplentes: Djovane Gass and Eduardo Luis Gressler. REPRESENTATIVE DELEGATES TO THE INDUSTRIAL FEDERATIONS Iro Schünke and Edenir Gassen Substitutes: Flavio Marques Goulart and Guatimozin de Oliveira Santos Filho. ABOUT THE SINDITABACO – To ensure the sustainability of the sector and represent the common interests of the tobacco industries, the Tobacco Industry Union was founded in 1947, in Santa Cruz do Sul (RS), later denominated South Brazilian Tobacco Industry Union - SindiTabaco.  And on July 19, 2010, the entity expanded its territorial basis to Brazil, with the exception of the States of Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, definitely changing to its present denomination: Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco). For high resolution photos, click HERE Photos by Junio Nunes MSLGROUP Andreoli Arthur Ianhez - arthur.ianhez@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9300 / (11) 97375-2413 Eliana Stülp Kroth - eliana.stulp@mslgroup.com - (51) 3713-1777 / (51) 9708-5539 Thais Thomaz - thais.thomaz@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9373 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

16 | SEP . 2021

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Female world under discussion

September 2021 – Four girls who attended the Rural Professional Learning Program of the Growing Up Right Institute are the owners of the voices of the 2021 edition of the Us for Them – The Female Voice in the Countryside”. Since early August they have been doing research, as a part of the studies  and collection of information carried out in their communities, along with two on-site meetings at the Communication laboratories of the University of Santa Cruz do Sul (Unisc). Besides getting a good technical knowledge on how to organize itineraries and recordings for radio programs, there are reflections on matters linked to the female conditions in the countryside, and the conditions of young people living in rural settings. According to educator Maria da Graça Vieira, after analyzing and considering the realities of the women, the adolescents opted for doing research on three themes: women in matters related to decision-making, psychological violence and ageing. “The themes were chosen by them because they are exactly what reality is like and because they represent the female demands in the countryside”, she explains. The name of the  girls of the Us for Them are as follows: Hayssa Nathália da Silva Severo, from Sinimbu (RS); Janaina Isabel da Cruz, from Vale do Sol (RS); Luana Schmidt Jochims, from Passo do Sobrado (RS); and Suzan Gabrielle da Mota Thomas, from Vera Cruz (RS). For them, the program represents the gate that leads them to a new world. Besides their experience in the research and learning processes of a university, they have the opportunity to act as spokespersons of the young and women in the countryside through radio bulletins, which are aired in programs conducted by entity partners of the Growing Up Right Institute and by digital internet platforms. Young Hayssa Nathália da Silva Severo, 17, had already known the Us for Them since 2019, when she was a Young apprentice and for the first time heard about the bulletins conducted by previous former students. “In one of the seminars there was a demonstration of how the girls recorded the programs, reading an itinerary created by them. I have always been interested, that’s why I am very happy to be a part of the “Us for Them” this year. “It is in fact an incredible experience to acquire knowledge of several areas, especially about communication and the role of women”, she explains. In Hayssa’s view, it is relevant to do research on the role of women when it comes to matters like making decisions, the various types of violence, women in political roles, and on how they were treated when there were no laws that protected women. “A very important question is the fact that different points of view and different opinions emerge, because in our group each girl comes from a different municipality”, she comments. “Furthermore, taking this knowledge to the communities in a very simple and understandable way is important for people to get updated and improve their knowledge and have more arguments”, she adds. FIFTH EDITION The 2021 edition of the “Us for Them” will come to an end in late October, when the bulletins are released. In the view of the manager of the Growing Up Right Institute, Nádia Fengler Solf, the themes chosen by the girls are really relevant and mirror their reality. “It is one more prominent group that will generate contents that cause impacts, besides the lives of the participants themselves, as well as for lots of other young people, women and other people, especially the listeners to the radio programs  of our publicity partners of the bulletins, which are Afubra and the Rural Workers’ Union”, she explains. According to Nádia, the partnership with the UNISC is also of extreme relevance, because the girls have access to the knowledge of the professionals of the communication course and to the structure of the university to prepare the girls through deep discussions about relevant themes and, sometimes, very sensitive and hardly ever approached. “This is how quality contents are generated, geared towards the rural communities with voices of young girls from the rural settings”, she adds. “To us, it is a great satisfaction to have one more certified group and we are sure that the contents being produced will be very valuable”, she stresses. PLEASE REMEMBER – Since the creation of the program, four editions (in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) have been produced, in which 32 young girls were trained to become multipliers of themes very sensitive to the reality of women in the countryside. The first three ones occurred within the premises of the university. And in 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a special edition was presented entirely online. The bulletins of all the other editions can be accessed at site Crescer Legal. Click HERE and listen. Photos: Junio Nunes Contact wit the press: MSLGROUP Andreoli Arthur Ianhez - arthur.ianhez@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9300 / (11) 97375-2413 Eliana Stülp Kroth - eliana.stulp@mslgroup.com - (51) 3713-1777 / (51) 9708-5539 Thais Thomaz - thais.thomaz@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9373 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

17 | AUG . 2021

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Mapa issues positive opinion on the shipment of Brazilian tobacco to China

August 2021 – For the second year, pre-inspection of tobacco, required by the bilateral trade agreement protocol between Brazil and China, occurred without the presence of the technicians from the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) due to the pandemicIn an agreement with the GACC, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (Mapa) became responsible for collecting the samples of processed tobacco and for sending them to the Analysis Center at the University of Santa Cruz do Sul (UNISC) for laboratory tests that attest to the phytosanitary status of Brazilian tobacco prior to shipment.   The official conclusion of the activities took place on Tuesday, August 17, by videoconference, and attracted representatives from the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco), exporting companies, MAPA, State Surveillance and Plant Health organs, China Tobacco International in Brazil (CTIB) and from the UNISC. SindiTabaco president Iro Schünke gave an overview of the tobacco scenario in the Brazilian market. “Brazil has managed to keep its annual exports at about 500 thousand tons, which attests to a stable position in the global market in spite of the pandemic scenario and all its social and economic consequences. Within this context, China is a relevant commercial partner”, Schünke said. The executive director of SindiTabaco also commented that the MAPA has provided extremely important services, and always very quickly, in matters related to the supply chain. He also evaluated the importance of the sector in keeping active during the pandemic. “Farmers sold their crops, the companies gave continuity to their activities and hired thousands of workers, thus keeping the economy growing in hundreds of municipalities in the South region”, he commented. The technician responsible for the Analysis Center at Unisc, professor Adriana Dupont Schneider, insisted that it took 20 days of intensive work. “We analyzed 53 lots, from eight companies, with the aim to attest to the physical quality of the tobacco relative to nine pests, included in the trade agreement between Brazil and China, comprising two types of weeds, six different insects and one kind of fungus. No viable structures of these quarantine pests were detected, result that ensures the quality of the tobacco to be exported to China”, she declared. Helena Pan Rugeri, federal superintendent of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply in Rio Grande do Sul, commemorated the good results. “We managed to meet China’s requirements and this year we have the biggest certified volume since the mission started. It is very hard work in a period of great difficulties for all, and even more relevant for Rio Grande do Sul, a state that earns hefty revenue from tobacco exports”, Rugeri commented, equally mentioning the permanent work and dedication of MAPA’s fiscal auditors. Roque Danieli, federal agricultural tax auditor at MAPA’s Superintendency in RS, evaluated the constant evolution of the quality of the analyzed Brazilian tobacco. “During the inspections there were no findings that could jeopardize the quality of tobacco, attesting that the qualitative and phytosanitary aspects are evolving year after year. Furthermore, in the farms that we audited, we did not find any pesticide not recommended for tobacco fields, which also represents a conquest of the supply chain and of the training programs conducted by the companies. We recommend the continuity of the guiding efforts for maintaining these levels of the physical and chemical quality of tobacco, and for the prevention of quarantine pests”, Danieli concluded. Xinghua Zhou, president of China Tobacco International in Brazil (CTIB), thanked SindiTabaco for its collaboration, and expressed his gratitude to MAPA and UNISC for their serious efforts in conducting these works, and also thanked the eight Brazilian suppliers that ship their tobacco to China. “It made us happy to learn that all inspections had positive results. I believe that the GACC will appreciate our results and we hope that in 2022 we will again be able to count on you”, the official said. Débora Maria Rodrigues Cruz, head of the Quarantine Treatment Inspection Division of the Ministry of Agriculture in Brasília, mentioned the constant evolution of the quality and of the technical standards in the production of Brazilian tobacco. “The supply chain deserves praise for achieving this high level, whilst continuing seeking even higher quality levels, especially in the case of monitoring and control over quarantine pests. SindiTabaco’s work is equally important in that it brings together the players that take part in this important step. On behalf of the plant health department I compliment all of you on the chances to improve this business even further in the future, thus keeping this market open”, she declared at the conclusion of the activity. Photo: Junio Nunes Contact wit the press: MSLGROUP Andreoli Arthur Ianhez - arthur.ianhez@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9300 / (11) 97375-2413 Eliana Stülp Kroth - eliana.stulp@mslgroup.com - (51) 3713-1777 / (51) 9708-5539 Thais Thomaz - thais.thomaz@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9373 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

11 | AUG . 2021

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Us for them starts new group

August 2021 – Since August 2, five former students of the Growing Up Right Institute, aged 16 and 17, have been taking part in the Program Us for Them – The female voice in the countryside. In its fifth edition, the program, run by the Growing Up Right Institute, is aimed at empowering the former students of the Rural Professional Learning Program in the area of communication. The initiative is also intended to stimulate a reflection on the role of women in the countryside. The weekly meetings are being held in hybrid format and the closing is scheduled for the month of October. There will be two face-to-face meetings a week at the premises of the University and there will be virtual meetings and research/data collection activities by the girls in their communities. “The reflections on the study of the themes related to the question of gender will be conducted during the month of August. In the sequence, we will have the definition of the approaches under the guidance of professionals from the Institute and from the communication courses at Unisc, defining the road maps and the recordings”, explains educator Maria da Graça Vieira, who keeps an eye on the activities. Just like in other editions, the materials produced will be broadcast on radio, in programs of entities that work in partnership with the Institute. A survey of the 2020 participants detected a high level of satisfaction. Asked about the main changes perceived after attending the Program Us fo Them”, the former students cited the greater appreciation of rural women (100%), a better grasp of the role of women in society (80%), the importance of female leadership (80%), a better understanding of the importance of communication (60%) and knowledge of women’s rights (60%). PARTICIPANTS 2021

Elisangela Inês de Carvalho Vera Cruz
Hayssa Nathália da Silva Severo Sinimbu
Janaina Isabel da Cruz Vale do Sol
Luana Schmidt Jochims Passo do Sobrado
Suzan Gabrielle da Mota Thomas Vera Cruz
  ABOUT THE “US FOR THEM” – To view the world with more respect for gender diversity is one of the objectives of the Us for Them Program – The female voice in the countryside. The project seeks to value and improve the personal development skills of the former students of the Rural Professional Learning Program, promote a reflection about the question of gender, along with the exchange of experiences, improving their communication skills, acting like multipliers of knowledge, thus benefiting young rural youth and the community. In four editions, 32 young people have already been prepared to act as multipliers of themes sensitive to the reality of the girls in the countryside.
Ouça os boletins produzidos nas últimas edições Listen to the bulletins produced in the recente editions Photos: Junio Nunes MSLGROUP Andreoli Arthur Ianhez - arthur.ianhez@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9300 / (11) 97375-2413 Eliana Stülp Kroth - eliana.stulp@mslgroup.com - (51) 3713-1777 / (51) 9708-5539 Thais Thomaz - thais.thomaz@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9373 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

9 | JUN . 2021

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Initiatives intended to fight child labor yield good results in the rural area

June 2021 – On the 12th of June 2002, the International Labor Organization (ILO) launched the global day intended to remind people of the importance of fighting child labor all over the world. However, in the tobacco sector, the subject began to unfold in 1998, with the first initiatives of the Future Is Now Program!, launched by the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco). Considered as a success case in family farming, the tobacco sector pioneered the fight against child labor in the rural area, and is the only one to require proof of school enrollment of the tobacco farmers’ school-age children and certificate of school attendance at the renewal of the contract between the companies and the farmers, within the Tobacco Production Integrated System. According to SindiTabaco president  Iro Schünke, the first actions intended to create awareness of the importance of school attendance. “At that time, the companies got organized in contact with the municipalities in order to actively solve one-off questions related to school evasion, mainly caused by the lack of schools or deficient transport systems affecting farmers’ children”, he explains. As the years went by, these initiatives began to evolve and ended up giving rise to the Growing Up Right Institute, which has already benefited 500 teenagers from the rural area. The Institute pioneered professional learning programs for the young in the countryside, qualifying adolescents through rural management and entrepreneurship courses, given in the shift opposite to regular school hours. “For most of the young, besides being an opportunity for developing their skills, without having to leave their communities, it is also their first formal job, as the program complies with the Learning Law and the young participants receive a salary proportional to 20 hours a week. It is a manner for them to spend their time in the course and at school, far away from tasks inappropriate for their age”, Schünke, who is also the director president of the Growing Up Right Institute, explains. TIMELINE   [FIGHT AGAINST CHILD LABOR IN THE TOBACCO SECTOR]  1998: the launch of the program The Future Is Now! It was when the pact for the eradication of child labor was signed. The actions of the program were split into the following projects: Child and Land Protector, Industry-School Partnerships, Happy is a Child who Studies. 2008: Term of Commitment with the Rio Grande do Sul Public Labor Prosecution was signed. In March 2011, a similar agreement was signed with the Public Labor Prosecution of Brasília, with jurisdiction over Santa Catarina and Paraná, A vast awareness campaign is an integral part of this agreement, with publicity spots and seminars focused on tobacco farmers. 2010: IBGE census shows that the highest reductions of child labor occurred in the small-scale farms of the tobacco growers in the Country, in comparison with data from the previous census, conducted in the year 2000. 2011: the then Future Is Now! Had its name changed to Growing Up Right. Its scope of action was stimulated in terms of incentive to the education of farmers’ children, especially teenagers, as new legislation banned under-18-year olds from performing any agricultural activity, including tobacco farming. 2012: training, with the participation of the International Labor Organization (ILO), of the upwards of 1.2 thousand agricultural extension workers  of the tobacco companies, in order for them to encourage tobacco farmers’ children to attend school, thus keeping them away from any irregular child labor. 2015: Growing Up Right Institute was founded, at the initiative of the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco) and its associate companies, with support and adhesion from people involved with education and with the fight against child labor, especially in tobacco growing regions, in the South Region of the Country 2016: The Rural Professional Learning Program, of the Growing Up Right Institute, began to offer the course ‘Entrepreneurship in Multipurpose Agriculture – Rural Management’ to the rural teenagers. 2017: Us for Them Program – The Female Voice of the Countryside was created. In this program, young rural girls produce radio bulletins which, aired by partners, are focused on such themes as child labor and gender, specifically for rural communities. 2020: The Growing Up Right Institute receives the Innovare Award, as homage and national recognition for its initiatives in the fight against child labor. 2021: consolidation of the Best Practices in Entrepreneurship towards Education, focused on teachers of schools partners of the Growing Up Right Institute. Get to know the gr Group Up Right Institute Please keep an eye on SindiTabaco’s awareness campaign   MSLGROUP Andreoli Arthur Ianhez - arthur.ianhez@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9300 / (11) 97375-2413 Eliana Stülp Kroth - eliana.stulp@mslgroup.com - (51) 3713-1777 / (51) 9708-5539 Thais Thomaz - thais.thomaz@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9373 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

24 | MAY . 2021

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Energy security and self-sufficiency as allies in forest conservation

May 27, National Atlantic Forest Day – Over the past 40 years, the target of the tobacco sector has been focused on eradicating the consumption of wood from native trees. Concentrated in South Brazil, most of the areas devoted to tobacco are located near the Atlantic Forest biome. With preservation and recovery initiatives, the results are quite visible. Effective incentives for reforestation achieved important results, like high forest cover in the farms of small-scale tobacco farmers, where forest cover reaches 24%, according to data released by the Tobacco Growers' Association of Brazil (Afubra), split into 15% native forests and 9% planted forests.  “For some decades now, the sector has been self-sufficient in fuel wood for curing tobacco and thus native forests are preserved. Incentives provided by the industries, which started in the mid-1970s, and the farmers’ willingness to plant eucalyptus trees, played a fundamental role in the present enviable forest cover rates”, SindiTabaco president Iro Schünke comments. He also refers to the commitment set forth in the contract signed between the farmers and the industries, whereby both parties agree that tobacco production and commercialization comply with all environmental standards in force. Since 2019, the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco) has maintained a partnership with the Federal University of Santa Maria to consolidate and expand technical and scientific knowledge towards strengthening forest-oriented activities, ensuring energy self-sufficiency and security of the small-scale farms. This research is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Jorge Antonio de Farias. “Tobacco is a centuries-old crop and when it was brought to our region it was strongly dependent on natural forests as a source of fuel wood, particularly because back then there were no planted forests. Such common tree species as eucalyptus and acacia, were rare at that time and little known and, on the other hand, native forests were in great abundance. As of the 1970s, when the sector set targets to eradicate the consumption of wood from native trees, the farmers began to use wood from planted forests”, Farias explained. “Within this context, the target of the project consists in strengthening the conquests achieved so far, that is to say, the maintenance of the existing native forests, and, at the same time, come up with new elements and technologies capable of increasing the productivity rates of existing reforested plots, whilst establishing new  reforestation areas. To this end, we are creating reference units in tens of tobacco farms, testing new technologies and techniques, like spacing (distance between trees), new genetic materials and forest species that lead to higher productivity and energy performance”, Prof. Jorge Farias declares. His efforts are intended to come up with results to be shared with social media channels oriented towards tobacco farmers, encouraging them to adhere to conservation practices without jeopardizing their income and energy security on the farms. KNOW MORE – May 27 was chosen to spread the need to preserve one of the oldest biomes in Brazil, whose origin goes back to approximately 70 million years.  It is one of the richest regions in the world in biodiversity, but is equally one of the most threatened biomes on the planet. The Atlantic Forest ensures the supply of water to upwards of 100 million people and is also a source of food and medicinal plants, A significant amount of its remaining portion is located on steep slopes, and protection is the best assurance for the geological stability of these areas, warding off catastrophes. Besides providing shelter for many species threatened with extinction, it is also responsible for the regular flow of streams and rivers, whilst ensuring soil fertility and help balance our climate. Watch the video on the Forest Extension Project MSLGROUP Andreoli Arthur Ianhez - arthur.ianhez@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9300 / (11) 97375-2413 Eliana Stülp Kroth - eliana.stulp@mslgroup.com - (51) 3713-1777 / (51) 9708-5539 Thais Thomaz - thais.thomaz@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9373 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

19 | MAY . 2021

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Corn, Bean and Grazing Land after Tobacco Harvest Program

May 2021 – The farmers who have adhered to the winter crop, within the Corn, Bean and Grazing Land after Tobacco Harvest Program, were benefited by the high value of the grains this year. This is demonstrated by the survey conducted by the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco), entity that promotes the crop diversification program in South Brazil. The area devoted to corn, bean and soybean soared 22% in the South Region, compared with last year, reaching 144,222 hectares. On the other hand, the area devoted to grazing land dropped 27%, to 25,572 hectares. Due to weather conditions, productivity rates dropped 34% on average, resulting into a total crop production volume of 580,442 tons. The estimated extra revenue amounts to R$ 933 million, representing a variation of 47% from the 2020 result, when the farmers earned R$ 634.2 million from the cultivation of grains and grazing land. Among the several states, extra revenue amounted to R$ 368 million for the farmers in Rio Grande do Sul, in 2021 (R$ 297.4 million in 2020). In Santa Catarina, revenue soared from R$ 205.2 million in 2020 to R$ 374 million in 2021; and in the State of Paraná, this increase rose from R$ 131.5 million to R$ 191 million. In the evaluation of SindiTabaco president Iro Schünke, the numbers of the program attest to the importance of cultivating a second crop. “Diversification is always a good option for the farmers, as it makes it possible for them to earn money from different activities. In 2021, we observed a preference of the farmers for the cultivation of grains to the detriment of grazing lands, which resulted into higher earnings, and the credit goes to the good moment these commodities are experiencing within Brazilian agribusiness”, the executive officer comments. Know More - This initiative is conducted by the SindiTabaco, with support from entities that represent the farmers and the governments of the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná. One of the advantages consists in the reduction of the production costs for producing grains, as these crops take advantage of residual fertilizer, and there could also be a reduction in the cost to produce protein with the use of corn as an essential component of cattle feed. Other benefits include soil protection and an interruption to the proliferating cycle of pests and weeds. MSLGROUP Andreoli Arthur Ianhez - arthur.ianhez@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9300 / (11) 97375-2413 Eliana Stülp Kroth - eliana.stulp@mslgroup.com - (51) 3713-1777 / (51) 9708-5539 Thais Thomaz - thais.thomaz@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9373 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br  

28 | APR . 2021

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Tobacco exports to increase in 2021

April 2021 – Tobacco exports were on the agenda of the 63rd Regular Sectoral Chamber Meeting of the Tobacco Supply Chain, on April 28, when approximately 30 representatives of the tobacco sector and other entities held a virtual meeting. The president of the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco), Iro Schünke, displayed the perspectives for tobacco exports in 2021. Survey conducted by Deloitte, at the request of the union, shows that shipments should increase 2.1% to 6% in volume and 6.1% to 10% in dollars, compared to 2020, when exports amounted to 514 thousand tons, totaling US$ 1.638 billion in commercial revenue. From January to March, according to data from the Ministry of Economy, the shipment of 134 thousand tons generated revenue of US$ 418 million, up 19% from the same period in 2020. “Brazil has managed to keep annual exports at approximately 500 thousand tons, a fact that attests to stability in the global market even in the face of a pandemic and all its social and economic developments. It is our expectation that Brazil will continue as leading global tobacco exporter, position occupied by the country since 1993”, Schünke commented, whilst dwelling on the adaptation of the activities in the tobacco industries and the initiatives of the Growing Up Right Institute during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 9th Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the 2nd Meeting of the Parties of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (MOP2) were also on the agenda of the meeting. Tobacco production status, on the administrative and tributary reforms, as well as the approval of new tobacco products were just other themes debated. The next meetings of the Sectoral Chamber were scheduled for August 12 and October 26. KNOW MORE – In 2020, tobacco accounted for 0.8% of total Brazilian exports and for 4.1% of all shipments of the South Region. In Rio Grande do Sul, state that is responsible for nearly half of the total Brazilian tobacco crop, the product accounted for 9.5% of all exports. In Brazil’s agribusiness exports, tobacco occupies the eighth position. The main Brazilian market in 2020 was the European Union, destination for 41% of the tobacco exported by Brazil, followed by the Far East (24%), Africa/Middle East (11%), North America (9%), Latin America (9%) and Eastern Europe  (6%). Among the countries, Belgium (US$ 414 million) continues as main importer of the crop, followed by China (US$ 153 million) and the United States (US$ 125 million). In the sequence of the list of the main clients, the countries are as follows: Indonesia (US$ 98 million), United Arab Emirates (US$ 74 million), Turkey (US$ 55 million) and Russia (US$ 54 million). MSLGROUP Andreoli Arthur Ianhez - arthur.ianhez@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9300 / (11) 97375-2413 Eliana Stülp Kroth - eliana.stulp@mslgroup.com - (51) 3713-1777 / (51) 9708-5539 Thais Thomaz - thais.thomaz@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9373 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br