Farmer's Voice

Indonesia urges its Government to stop ratification of the FCTC

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Sunaryo, chairman of the Indonesian Tobacco Farmers Association (APTI), on April 22nd urged the government not to ratify the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, saying ratification of the treaty would affect the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of tobacco farmers in Yogyakarta.

Sunaryo said farmers are opposing the treaty as it calls for replacing tobacco with other crops. Noting that tobacco "has a high economic value for farmers," Sunaryo said the government "has not been able to provide an effective economic solution if the convention is applied." It is estimated that farmers in Yogyakarta will cultivate tobacco on about 3,000 hectares of land this year (Antara 4/22).