Malaysia: Ask farmers WHO Stop Pressure, 31/03/12

Ask farmers WHO Stop Pressure

Representatives of the tobacco farmers millions of Asia, such as from China, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia, will hold a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 28 to 30 March 2012. This meeting was held to oppose the senior World Health Organization (WHO) who want to eliminate the rights of tobacco farmers.

   Ask farmers WHO Stop Pressure,  The host of this meeting is the Tobacco Growers Association and dryer Malaysia Kelantan (Pitas). Source of turbulence is related to tobacco growers recommendations issued by the WHO working group 10 years ago. Framework Agreement on Tobacco Control (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control / FCTC) states that the countries that signed the treaty commitments to help tobacco farmers find alternative business in addition to tobacco cultivation. However, this is done with the assumption that demand for tobacco will continue to decline.

Old Advertisement of tobacco (Photo credit: paukrus)


    WHO Working Group acknowledges the research to find alternative tobacco substitute commodity for farmers takes time. However, the latter seems they just give up under pressure from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that have antitembakau large-scale funding. NGOs issued a recommendation elimination of tobacco cultivation without providing a viable solution to the peasant communities in Asia.

How not to use a pressure washer, part 1 (Photo credit: ARendle)

    “They do not have the specialized knowledge and experience in agriculture. However, they boldly determined that the easiest solution to pressure the government to regulate in such a way that farmers do not continue to grow tobacco. Yet millions of people depend on this business,” said CEO Tobacco Growers Association International (ITGA) Antonio Abrunhosa in a press statement received here yesterday. ITGA represents more than 30 million tobacco farmers around the world.

    At a meeting in Malaysia, Indonesia represented by Indonesia Tobacco Community Alliance (AMTI), which oppose the policy that is not fair and balanced against the tobacco farmers. 

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