Zheng Rong: The Economic Cost of Tobacco Planting Cannot Be Ignored | Expert Dialogue on “Environmental Protection Collaborating with Tobacco Control”
2023/5/9 16:49:00 本站

To further improve the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, on April 26, 2023, the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) held an expert dialogue Session in Beijing on “World Earth Day-Environmental Protection Collaborating with Tobacco Control: Mitigating Tobacco Harm and Reducing Tobacco Demand”.

Prof. Zheng Rong from the University of International Business and Economics said:

The peak of tobacco cultivation in China was probably in 2013, and there has been a downward trend since then. Although the planting area of tobacco has decreased, the yield has not, and the import of tobacco is continuously increasing because its price is 20% lower than the domestic price.

From a distribution perspective, the areas where tobacco is grown the most are in the southwest region, such as Yunnan, Guizhou, Hunan, Anhui province, and so on. The largest area among them is in Yunnan Province, where the tobacco planting area accounts for 39% of the national total area and 7% of the cultivated land in Yunnan. Therefore, tobacco planting occupies a lot of resources. In addition, tobacco cultivation is mostly manual and labor-intensive. On the whole, compared with the income of planting some other grain and cash crops, tobacco farmers’ income is not good.

Original Chinese Article: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/Hh1WgmWi826ba3Fv57jnGg

Translator: Sara

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Editor: Sara    

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