Govt. discourage tobacco cultivation

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The government has requested farmers to refrain from cultivating tobacco and instead turn to vegetables and fruit cultivation in a bid to increase food crops, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said today. (SAJ)
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  • ONLOOKER Tuesday, 18 January 2011 11:29 AM

    Yes, only Kassippu and Kudu are allowed in this country.

    tma Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:10 AM

    The best commonsense news for 2011 from a minister! Grow more veggies/fruit for the nation

    V Sri Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:13 AM

    Can minister make arrangements and open the market for vegetable sellers without deploying Army in retail business?

    Aranwalla Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:14 AM

    wow.. good news. well done.

    Colombo Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:15 AM

    What is the government my mother now? says what I can and cant do?

    wara Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:19 AM

    The purpose of that is for control the trade mafia.

    pradeep Dissanayaka Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:21 AM

    Good Decision for my motherland development & global food crisis issue. useless cultivations such as tobacco should remove from our lands as soon as possible.we are wishing you Minister, to implement the decision and also not to get in trap from CTC.

    kalakanniya Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:24 AM

    dont drink alchohol drink only petrol Sorry water
    legally marry and dont go night clubs eventhough its legal in buddist country

    Adikari Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:24 AM

    Good move but , also take proper measures to abolish the artificial price increase ......

    wara Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:32 AM

    So, what's wrong ??

    Sarith Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:40 AM

    Govt. Plans to get the country"s vege supply through the meagre tobacco cultivation land? what a lame excuse!

    Angela Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:50 AM

    Isn't tobacco grown only in a very small land extent in Sri Lanka? What a small expectation from the government.

    Dee Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:54 AM

    And what after that? 300% tax on veggies?

    Bandara Tuesday, 18 January 2011 07:07 AM

    Good decision….!! , don’t get in trap from tobacco industry. They might pay more money not to implement the decision.

    Hush Tuesday, 18 January 2011 07:29 AM

    govt is requesting farmers, not telling them. so I guess the success / failure of this will depend on the profitability of veg cultivation vs tobacco. basically I feel this is nothing but a election gimmick to look good, that is unless the minister can convince the farmers that vegi cultivation is more profitable.

    Konde bendapu china Tuesday, 18 January 2011 07:40 AM

    what ever said and done now number of tobacco users gone down

    Royalist Tuesday, 18 January 2011 07:49 AM

    Good plan... Now CTC can import tobacco and then the Govt. can impose more import tax on top of the excise duty...

    Viraj Tuesday, 18 January 2011 08:47 AM

    He is worried that he can't live up to his name.

    zorro Wednesday, 19 January 2011 10:00 AM

    this idea is totally in contradiction to the plans of importing camels!

    jon Tuesday, 18 January 2011 09:14 AM

    niyamai , good plan katavath ahuvenne nathiva , hariyata kaloth , apith goda ratath gaoda

    dhiga Tuesday, 18 January 2011 09:24 AM

    Sad story is that some people actually believe these fairytales.

    teri Wednesday, 19 January 2011 11:17 AM

    Good propergate adathoda leaves. When dried and powdered its agood substitute for tobacco. Healthy too fo the lungs.

    kabir Wednesday, 19 January 2011 11:18 AM

    NO NEED TO WORRY OUR VALIANT FORCES LOOKING AFTER AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES SECTORS

    Gulf Kola Tuesday, 18 January 2011 09:44 AM

    Growing tobacco pays them good money due to the direct involvement of CTC in the process. Where as growing veggies & fruits will lead to farmers being exploited by the middleman. This needs to be addressed.

    KHKaru Tuesday, 18 January 2011 09:57 AM

    Also, make a campaign to induce smokers to kick the habit. A reduced health expenditure may offset the loss in tax revenue.


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