This paper is published in Volume-4, Issue-5, 2018
Energy Conservation
Dr. Uma Ramachandran
Institute of Financial Management and Research– Leveraging Evidence for Access and Development, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Pub. Date
29 September, 2018
Paper ID
Tobacco, FCV, Tobacco curing, Specific fuel consumption, Alternative fuel, Energy conservation, Energy plantation


Dr. Uma Ramachandran. Assessment of fuel consumption for tobacco, International Journal of Advance Research, Ideas and Innovations in Technology,

Dr. Uma Ramachandran (2018). Assessment of fuel consumption for tobacco. International Journal of Advance Research, Ideas and Innovations in Technology, 4(5)

Dr. Uma Ramachandran. "Assessment of fuel consumption for tobacco." International Journal of Advance Research, Ideas and Innovations in Technology 4.5 (2018).


India stands 3rd in production of tobacco (about 800 M.Kg) and its exports after Brazil and USA. Tobacco offers significant employment opportunities both in On-farm and Off-farm situation and provides livelihood to millions of people in India. The Central Tobacco Research Institute (CTRI) has estimated that tobacco provides livelihood security to 45.7 million people including farmers and farm laborers engaged in tobacco farming besides those working in processing, manufacturing, and exports, in India (CTRI, 2018). Among various types of tobacco, Flue Curing Virginia (FCV) type of tobacco is grown in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and requires fuel as a source of energy for curing. The present study looks at the aspects of overall energy management in flue-curing of tobacco through the use of fuel-efficient technologies in the barns, usage of alternative fuels and Energy plantation to bring self-sufficiency in fuelwood requirement. The study was conducted across the FCV crop growing regions with the survey of 1500 farmers and 31 Focused group discussion. The study details about the specific fuel consumption in tobacco, adoption status of energy conservation technology in the barns, alternative fuels used for tobacco curing, sources of different types of fuelwood, Industry effort’s to grow trees as a sustainable source for tobacco curing and energy plantation requirement to bring self-sufficiency for tobacco curing. The study validates and confirms the self-sufficiency and sustainability in fuel usage for Indian FCV tobacco curing.