African Farmers United in Opposition to Proposals Threatening Jobs, Economies
2 Pages
English

African Farmers United in Opposition to Proposals Threatening Jobs, Economies

Downloading requires you to have access to the YouScribe library
Learn all about the services we offer

Description

African Farmers United in Opposition to Proposals Threatening Jobs, Economies PR Newswire LUSAKA, Zambia, May 30, 2012 LUSAKA, Zambia, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- African tobacco farmers from a cross-section of countries concluded the two- day International Tobacco Growers

Subjects

Informations

Published by
Reads 11
Language English
African Farmers United in Opposition to
Proposals Threatening Jobs, Economies
PR Newswire
LUSAKA, Zambia, May 30, 2012
LUSAKA, Zambia
,
May 30, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
African tobacco farmers from a cross-section of countries concluded the two-
day International Tobacco Growers Association Africa Regional Meeting today
by issuing a declaration of opposition to the proposals that threaten the region's
jobs and local economies.
The declaration from agricultural leaders from
Kenya
,
Malawi
,
South Africa
,
Tanzania
,
Zambia
, and
Zimbabwe
came in response to draft proposals from
the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The FCTC recommends,
among other things, that governments phase out tobacco farming by limiting
the land where it can be grown and endorsing the dismantling of all bodies
relating governments with growers-such as the tobacco boards-thus
puttingfarmers' livelihoodsat risk while failing to offer an economically viable
alternative crop.
Antonio Abrunhosa, chief executive officer of the International Tobacco
Growers Association (ITGA), who addressed the regional meeting today, said at
the close of the conference,"There's now a unified voice throughout Southern
and EastAfrica that's determined to protect the land, the jobs, and the
communities sustained by tobacco farming." The ITGArepresents more than 30
million tobacco farmers around the world.
African tobacco farmers provide a stable living for millions of people
throughout the region and their crops are a vital source of foreign revenue for
many of these countries. For example, in
Malawi
7 out of 10 workers are either
directly or indirectly employed by the sector and tobacco represents 70% of its
foreign exchange earnings and 15% of total GDP.
Francois van der Merwe, chairman of ITGA Africa Region, said the unified voice
of these farmers affirms the defence of their right to grow tobacco and the
crucial role it plays in the region's economy. "These farmers are prepared to
stand up to this 21st century imperialism from a body comprising mainly health
officials who are out of touch with the farming sector and who are putting our
economy at risk."
Jorge Nestor, the Argentinean President of ITGA reaffirmed the unshakeable
support of tobacco growers from all over the world to the Africans growers and
their unanimous decision to defend the right to produce the crop that better
assures their economic prosperity.
http://www.tobaccoleaf.org/ - Please visit the ITGA website for the full
Declaration.
The ITGA is a non-profit organization that works to advance the cause of
millions of tobacco farmers to the world. It strives to provide a strong collective
voice on an international and national scale in order to ensure the long-term
security of tobacco farming communities.