Review tobacco policy, centre urged

Review tobacco policy, centre urged

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-03 14:08 Mysuru: Members of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene have urged the Central government to reconsider tobacco policy as lakhs of farmers are dependent on tobacco cultivation for their livelihood.Speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, Raitha Sangha state general secretary Badagalapura Nagendra said tobacco cultivation is highly dependent on monsoon. Besides, their produce is not being marketed properly. He pointed out that tobacco growers in Hassan, Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts are not directly connected with domestic market. But farmers who grow high quality Virginia tobacco are earning good revenue by exporting it. But nothing much has been done to improve the lives of other tobacco growers, he added.He urged the government to evolve a permanent solution to farmers in distress.Members of association Ashwath Narayana Raje Urs, K M Puttaswamy, Hosuru Kumar, Srinivas, District General secretary Hosakote Basavaraju were present during press meet.