Whilst on a recent purchasing trip late Jan, early Feb 2015, l took the opportunity to take photos of the tobacco factory working. Now is the time that the farmers bring their produce for sale. Price depends on the quality. As one farmer left, another came.
This went on all morning till lunchtime and has been doing so since mid Jan and will continue till March. Photos show various ways the leaf is handled depending on where it’s final destination will be.
Burley Tobacco leaves arriving from farmer at tobacco factory Feb 2015
Other side of pic above
Unloaded and ready for grading
Bales are then labelled after being inspected. Note … loose leaves on top of bale. These were pulled out from centre of bale. Also a government official has to present at all times.
Various type of leaf boxed and ready for shipment. Leaves included Virginia, Burley, Red Virginia, Dark Kentucky and Oriental. There were rooms and rooms just like this.
This particular batch was ready for shredding.
This is the shredding machine!
These ladies are hand stripping the leaves.
These ladies are also hand stripping the leaves.
Hand stripped leaves (Virginia). Box will hold approx 100kg.
Another process was vacuum packing. This is loose leaf Virginia packed into 250g packages
19 Tonnes of loose leaf being loaded for Germany.