We have stopped registration of new tobacco farmers
Would you throw some light on the progress of the implementation of WHO FCTC, as per which India is committed to reduce tobacco crop size?
The mandate of Tobacco Board as per the Tobacco Board Act 1975 is overall development of tobacco industry in India and one of the important functions of the Tobacco Board is to regulate production of FCV tobacco as per the demand and ensure fair and remunerative price to tobacco growers without wide fluctuations in the prices. Accordingly, the board decides the crop size of FCV tobacco, considering various factors like demand and supply situation in domestic and international markets, carryover stocks, trends in cigarette production and consumption.
As such any decision to regulate tobacco shall also coincide with safeguarding the interests of tobacco growers. Moreover, supply side provisions of WHO-FCTC and crop substitution cannot be implemented straightaway without providing alternative employment to thousands of farmers and farm labour dependent on tobacco cultivation. Alternative crops need to be identified and popularised among growers and financial packages to wean out tobacco growers are
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