Tobacco Industry channeling subsidized irrigation facility to tobacco farmers

Tobacco cultivation in Bangladesh

Tobacco industry is using their ill tactics such as using government subsidy in an indirect way involving the farmers in tobacco cultivation instead of rice cultivation says in a report published on the Daily Prothom Alo on March 23, 2014.

Rajshahi region is becoming drought prone because of various natural and man-made occurrences. On the top of this crisis for water the expansion of tobacco cultivation is really dreadful for the coming future for food security in this area. Despite the government on principal do not support tobacco cultivation, the Barindra Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), a government authority, is providing irrigation support for tobacco cultivation with 20 percent government subsidy.

As the government did not come up with a policy on tobacco cultivation till now; the tobacco industry is taking benefits which are helping them to expand their business.

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