“Tobacco companies are responsible for alarming increase of tobacco cultivation in the region”, said deputy director of Lalmonirhat DAE, following a report on Daily Star on November 09, 2014 by S Dilip Roy, an ATMA member.

Tobacco farming has shockingly increased in the Lalmonirhat district. It was grown on 23 thousand acres of lands in five upazillas of the district in the last season and the lands for the same purpose would be much more this year, mentions the report.

However, an agricultural official, preferring anonymity, said that the department usually records 35 to 40 percent of the total cultivation area to avert higher authority notices. Farmers in the district prefer tobacco than paddy and other crops as the tobacco companies provide different lucrative offers to them like free distribution of tobacco seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, suggestion for growing better crops, good prices and easy market facilities which is a threat to winter crop production.

Therefore, it is highly imperative to formulate and implementation of necessary policy to check tobacco cultivation in Bangladesh to prevent the upcoming food scarcity.
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