The Jakarta Post
Some 2,000 tobacco farmers and artisans in Klaten regency, Central Java, staged a rally on Tuesday demanding that the government revise Articles 10 and 11 of Government Regulation (PP) No 109/2012 on the security of materials containing addictive ingredients, as the rule could threaten their livelihoods.
The farmers, who came from the eight districts of Manisrenggo, Prambanan, Gantiwarno, Jogonalan, Trucuk, Pedan, Ceper and Bayat, demanded that the regency administration act as a bridge for farmers to connect with the central government.
“There is no explicit ban on the farmers to plant tobacco but the articles will certainly cause problems for tobacco farmers sooner or later,” said Joko Laksono of the National Coalition of Kretek Saviors (KNPK).
Joko said the two articles disadvantaged local farmers and gave advantages to imported tobacco.
He said the req...