BANDARBAN, BANGLADESH - JANUARY 02: An Indigenous woman works at a tobacco field near the Sangu River at Thanchi on January 2, 2017 in Bandarban, Bangladesh.
Tobacco farming is rapidly increasing in Bangladesh. However, the cultivation of tobacco is destroying the fertility of the hilly land. According to figures from the Department of Agriculture Extension, about 108,000 hectares of land were used to cultivate tobacco in 2014. This year, tobacco was cultivated for around 40000 hectares of hilly land in Bandarban only. About 10000 farmers are involved with the tobacco farming in the Chittagong hill tracts in three districts.
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