Tag - Tobacco Farmer

Tobacco Farmer Shifts To Profitable Food Crops

When we visited a 45-year-old Michael Okong’o at his rural home in Gogo village, West Kanyamkago Ward, Uriri Sub-county of Migori County, the healthy green crops were all we could see. One could hardly tell of the poor climatic condition of the area, with most lands surrounded with rock boulders. Okong’o’s home, sits at the boundary...

Zimbabwe’s forests go up in smoke to feed its tobacco habit

Tobacco farmers are responsible for a fifth of the total annual deforestation in Zimbabwe, cutting down trees to burn in their curing barns. While the practice is not permitted, enforcement remains lax, and solutions such as establishing woodlots have not proved fast or scalable enough to address the problem. With Zimbabwe expected to...

Tobacco farmers in Migori call for fair trade practices

The government is on the spot for doing little to address problems facing tobacco growing in Nyanza. Tobacco farming has been practiced in Kuria East and Kuria West constituencies in Migori for many years, enabling many families to cater to their basic needs. The farmers are now calling on the government to ensure fair trade practices...