Golden Leaf Award 2019


The Golden Leaf Award in the Most Impressive Public Service Initiative category for the year 2019 has been given to the Tobacco Board of India at Tab Expo 2019 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • Tobacco Board is a statutory body established under Ministry of Commerce and Industry and regulate the production and curing of Virginia tobacco in India.
  • The award is granted on an annual basis to companies with outstanding performance in five categories:
    1. Most impressive public service initiative (India is awarded in this category)
    2. Most promising new product introduction
    3. Most exciting newcomer to the industry
    4. Most outstanding service to the industry
    5. Most committed to quality award
  • The Tobacco Board of India got the award due to:
    1. Its best outstanding public service in sustainability to the industry
    2. Initiatives on natural farming in tobacco cultivation
    3. Introduction of 365 days green cover in tobacco cultivation
    4. Elimination of Non-Tobacco Related Material (NTRM) etc.
  • The Golden Leaf Awards were created by Tobacco Reporter, an international magazine in the year 2006, to recognize professional excellence and dedication in the tobacco industry.
  • Earlier in 2014, the Tobacco Board of India won a Golden Leaf Award in the Most Impressive Public Service Initiative category.
  • India is the fourth largest producer of Flue-Cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco in the world and farmer families in states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are dependent on this crop for their livelihood.