Tobacco trade system is more harmful for the farmers compared to the regulation of Tobacco control

Author : Pimpinan Pusat Muhammadiyah | Saturday, October 01, 2011 15:19 WIB

Jakarta – Recently the Draft of Government Regulation (RPP) on the Impact of Tobacco Products Control still have problems due to some reasons. One of them is a concern if this RPP would be detrimental for tobacco farmers, whereas factor of tobacco trading system has much harmed the tobacco farmers.

The opinion was raised in the event of Media Briefing themed RPP Draft Impact of Tobacco Products or Tobacco Trading System Procedures Harming the Farmers? initiated by the Assembly of Public Health (MPKU) Muhammadiyah Central Executive, Indonesia's Institute for Social Development (IISD), and the Institute for Research, Development and Community Services at (LP3M) University of Muhammadiyah Magelang, Jakarta Media Center located at Jl. Kebon Sirih 32-34, Jakarta, Friday (09/23/2011). The discussion was chaired by a member of the Institute of Foreign Relations of PP Muhammadiyah DR. Sudibyo Markus, MBA with source persons from researchers of University of Muhammadiyah Magelang LP3M Agung Nugroho, ST, M. Kom that expose the level of welfare Temanggung tobacco farmers and tobacco farmers representatives video testimonial from Temanggung Mr. Maryanto. It Also presents Prof. Ahadi Anhari which describes how far the Impact of Tobacco Products Control RPP will take effect for tobacco farmers.

According to Agung Nugroho, the system of trade system is to put tobacco farmers as victims of the tobacco mafia network in which farmers currently do not have bargaining power against the tobacco crop. "Pricing remains in the hands Greader where tobacco crops must first pass through middlemen and traders / collectors before it gets to Greader and into the warehouse," he explained. Agung explained, the price of tobacco farmers is the price the rest after the profit taking by the middlemen, traders and collectors, so it is clear that the system of tobacco trade is much more stifling farmers. "Revenue District Waterford there was no significant increase despite the billions of money even trillions spinning in Waterford from this tobacco business," he said. Further according to the Court, RPP Impact of Tobacco Products more focused on health protection for society from these products, "Some of the contents of this Draft on pictorial warnings on cigarette packs (as of tobacco products) and the region without a cigarette in the absence of special smoking rooms inside the room," he concluded.

(trans by hm-uhamka)