Tobacco farmers rally at Chiang Mai metropolis hall

Chiang Mai City Life is reporting that tobacco farmers have filed a petition after the Thai Tobacco Authority introduced it will stop all buying for 3 years.
On June 28 over 300 tobacco farmers and entrepreneurs rallied on the Chiang Mai City Hall to file a petition to the Ministry of Finance regarding an announcement by the Government that the Tobacco Authority of Thailand is not going to buy any tobacco from farmers for the subsequent three years.
Tobacco farmers declare that sales of tobacco products have dropped after a tax hike in September 2017. This has left the government with stockpiles of tobacco they wish to use up before purchasing extra.
Arun Polita, one of many tobacco farmers, explained that each yr Chiang Mai farmers and tobacco factories would obtain a buying quota of about 600 tonnes, 300 tonnes from farmers and 300 from fermentation factories.
The petition was obtained by the deputy governor of Chiang Mai.
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