Tobacco growers want to join WHO discussions

By: | Published: September 27, 2016 6:06 AM

Ahead of the 7th Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to be held here from November 7-12 this year, global body of tobacco growers has demanded inclusion of farmers in the official discussion.

Ahead of the 7th Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to be held here from November 7-12 this year, global body of tobacco growers has demanded inclusion of farmers in the official discussion.

“Since farmers will definitely be impacted by the decisions at the COP7, no reason is good enough to deny access to the representatives of the tobacco growing communities,” François van der Merwe, president, International Tobacco Growers’ Association, told FE.

Meanwhile, a body of small tobacco retailers, the Akhil Bharatiya Paan Vikreta Sangathan, has appealed to PM Narendra Modi to allow its representation in FCTC meeting. “NGOs, under the influence of MNCs from western countries and promoting the interests of supermarkets and mega markets, have been influencing WHO to adopt resolutions at conferences, which will affect the livelihood of millions of small tobacco retailers across India,” the retailer body said.

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