India - govt keen to help tobacco farmers grow alternative crops..

August 28, 2010 - As part of its commitment to discourage use of tobacco, the Government is keen to see that tobacco growers in the country take to alternative farming, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said in Rajya Sabha today.

At the same time, he maintained that the government is taking all measures to protect their interests and has started special welfare schemes for them. He said during Question Hour that a fund has been created to provide subsidies to tobacco growers and loans for education of their children.

News brief on same subject from October 23, 2009..

India is the third largest producer and eighth largest exporter of tobacco and tobacco product in the world.. India is the fourth largest consumer of tobacco in the world.

The Indian government will impose a penalty of 15 per cent on the money earned by growers from the sale of flue-cured tobacco in excess of the quota allotted to them by the Tobacco Board, according to a PTI (Press Trust of India) story.

Indian government tries to rein in tobacco growers with new penalty..
Sharma said there was a provision to impose penalties for excess production but noted it will take time to shift the tobacco growers into alternative farming.

"Those growing tobacco on irrigated lands are being helped to take to alternative crop cultivation. is our international commitment to decrease the use of tobacco," he said.

Tobacco Business in India..

Reference: Tobacco growers should take to alternative farming: Govt, Staff Writer, Press Trust of India (PTI), 8/25/2010.

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