Tobacco farmers urged to cultivate more of the crop
A top executive at cigarette distributing company, Carreras, has declared that farmers should have the right to invest in tobacco cultivation while the demand for the product exists.
Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Chris Brown, made the comment against the background of a recent Sunday Gleaner story.
The story stated that the Jamaican government was facing censure the international community over its perceived failure to stand by its international obligations to stem tobacco cultivation in the country.
Brown says while Carreras agrees that governments should consider the protection of the environment and the health of persons with regard to tobacco cultivation, farmers should still be allowed to grow the crop under certain conditions.
He says such cultivation should be done under the supervision of the authorities, and in compliance of predetermined regulation such as taxes, environmental standards, and local labour requirements.