News Published: Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
PRI publishes study report on tobacco farming
Star Business Desk
Farmers cultivate tobacco because it yields the highest returns among all other crops, and supersedes all other cash crops as it provides a large sum of cash in one go, found a study.
Over two thirds of the farmers report that tobacco does not compete with other food grains, according to the research report prepared by Policy Research Institute.
In terms of income and asset holdings, tobacco farmers are much better off than their non-tobacco growing counterparts.
The research report titled “tobacco cultivation: an assessment of socio-economic and environmental impacts” was launched yesterday.
The research focuses on the socio economic and environmental impact of tobacco cultivation on farmers' livelihood through field level survey and secondary data analysis.
Shawkat Momen Shahjahan, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the agriculture ministry, was present at the event at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
Dr Sadiq Ahmed, vice chairman of the PRI, chaired the session and moderated the event, while Dr Ahsan H Mansur, executive director, presented the research paper.
The report also found awareness is needed among pockets of tobacco farmers to eliminate any remaining incidence of child labour.
It is reassuring that when school age family members support the homestead crop processing work, in most cases they do so after-school hours or during holidays.
Despite the common misconception, the report found that about 89 percent of the farmers who are cultivating tobacco are in good health. It is not clear whether the level of incidence of skin and respiratory problems are results of tobacco farming, said the report.