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Tobacco farmers get nothing in 2013 agri budget

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tobacco farmers get nothing in 2013 agri budget


Tobacco farmers from 10 provinces whose economies largely depend on tobacco production have every reason to be worried over the sin tax reform measure pending at the Senate, as next year’s P73.6-billion agriculture budget allocates nothing for them amid an imminent displacement seen over the passage of the bill warranting a 708-percent increase in the tobacco excise tax.

In a news feed emailed to Palace reporters, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said the administration was bent on ensuring sustainability and security of food supplies across the country but no mention was made of helping the tobacco planters, whom the government claimed would not be affected with the passage of the sin tax reform bill.

Thousands of farmers from the tobacco growing provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Occidental Mindoro, Misamis Oriental, Tarlac and Nueva Vizcaya are expected to be the first casualty of the Palace-backed sin tax reform measure amid the imminent closure of the Associated Anglo-American Tobacco Corp. (AAATC), which buys significant locally grown tobacco yields in the manufacture and sale of low-priced cigarette brands..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/nation/item/2433-tobacco-farmers-get-nothing-in-2013-agri-budget

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