Growers at COP5


Growers Voice Concerns

growers_voice_concerne.jpgITGA President Francois van der Merwe (right), KTGO Chairman Lee Hae-kwon, ITGA CEO Antonio Abrunhosa, and ITGA Asia Spokeswoman Asuncion Lopez  at Monday's COP5 tobacco growers press event

Statement of Antonio Abrunhosa, CEO of International Tobacco Growers Association

CEO António AbrunhosaAt the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) biennial Conference of the Parties (CoP5), which begins today at the COEX Center, delegates from more than 170 governments will decide the fate of more than 30 million tobacco farmers and their dependents when they vote on recommendations to artificially reduce, and eventually eliminate, tobacco growing. 

The vast majority of these delegates know very little or nothing about agriculture and even less about tobacco farming. Yet, they are deciding on measures that would lead Governments to force tobacco farmers out of tobacco without proposing any alternatives.
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 The Korea Times - Will Government Agree to Kill Tobacco Farming

The Korea Timesran a column from Abunhosa highlighting the growers position at COP5, calling the measures "illogical" and noting the "ideas are so radical that even tobacco control advocates are calling them 'simply impractical.'"  He concludes by noting that these kind of recommendations "cannot be left to a handful of people running a fantasy revolution." 
Read full column here

Press Release (English)

Tobacco Growers Ask for Voice in WHO Debate, Urge FCTC to Maintain Focus on Original Mandate
"The FCTC is putting the livelihoods of millions of growers at risk while refusing to hear our perspective and failing to address their original mandate," said Antonio Abrunhosa, CEO of the International Tobacco Growers' Association, at a press conference this morning at the COEX Center. Abrunhosa is in Seoul this week with more than two dozen growers from around the world.  He pointed out that those being affected by the proposals could include the more than 25,000 Koreans who are dependent on tobacco farming.
"On the table are absurd measures, such as regulating the seasons tobacco can be grown and limiting or reducing the land on which it can be grown," Abrunhosa said.  "Even tobacco control advocates call these ideas 'simply impractical.'

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Press Release (Korean)

170개국정부관료가참가하는 세계보건기구(WHO) 담배규제기본협약(FCTC: Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, 이하 FCTC) 총회가 1112( ) 서울에서개최된가운데, 전세계담배경작농민들은 "정작규제를받게 담배경작인들의의견을배제한 보건당국관료들이마음대로규제안을짜고 있다" 불만을토로하고 있다.

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