Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Produces half of the total product of Tobacco in Pakistan while the District Swabi where from RISE emerged produces One third of the total product of the entire country. There are so many problems and negative effects related to Tobacco production such that;
a. Large number of Tobacco Entrepreneurship that promote use of Tobacco Snuff (NASWAR)
b. Environmental Degradation: There a great number of Tobacco Cooking "BHATTI", where wood is used to create fire. As a result the degree of heat increases in the Summer and Forests are cut down to get wood for fire.
c. Child Labor: Child labor is hired for different stages in Tobacco Business such that cutting leaves, grading, binding leaves with sticks, and removing fiber from the leaves.
Fake Brand Production:
Tobacco Micro Entrepreneurship in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan
There are four Pillars of the Tobacco Micro Enterprise/ NASWAR Industry in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. These Four Pillars as following;
i. Tobacco Agents: These are influential people who purchase Tobacco from growers, store and then sell to the next party. These people have big stores and earning a lot but paying very little to the Government Exchequer, mainly depend on corrupt practices to avoid taxes. This sector in some cases also provides services of separation of leaves from leafstalk/Petiole, grading and making bundles and packing the leaves of Tobacco.
ii. Grinders: This sector serve to Grind the leafstalk/Petiole, this is done by using grinding machines. In some cases this service is provided by the Tobacco Agents
iii. Making NASWAR/Tobacco Snuff: This sector produces Tobacco snuff and supply to the Market. The Tobacco producers use small machines installed in their shops. Some producers produce Tobacco snuff for directly selling to the clients and some producers supplies to the other vendors and shop keepers/ stores.
iv. Vendors: We witness Children with packets of NASWAR inside the buses and on the bus stands attracting the passengers towards their “NASWAR” of a special brand. These children are hired by the “NASWAR Vendors” to sell their product and create a Market for their product. There are tuck shops on the bus stands that provide Tobacco Products as well as soft drinks.
There tuck shops/ Vendors on the streets and Markets who sell the “NASWAR” . Some times they have installed machines for producing inside their shops and they are playing both the roles as Producers and Vendors of “NASWAR”
The industry consists on Micro Enterprise and it has not been recorded therefore there is very little information with Revenue Department.
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