When the proper safety procedures are not adhered to, the risk of tobacco poisoning for tobacco farmers is high. Zimbabwe, in particular, has experienced a large number of tobacco poisoning cases, which can be attributed to a lack of education about the condition and a lack of funding for the proper preventive equipment. This sickness also greatly affects children who help out with the harvest in rural areas. Tobacco is Zimbabwe’s largest export product, and its largest agri-food export to the EU.
What is the Commission doing to promote education among tobacco exporters?
What can the Commission do to provide adequate equipment and protection for farmers, especially those with children?