British American Tobacco Nigeria Limited has rewarded 300 farmers in Oyo for the supply of raw materials valued at N740 million in 2014 financial year.
The tobacco farmers drawn from 30 farmers association in the state, were given new motorcycles, water pumps with accessories, over –head-water tanks including sprayers for their efforts in last year’s production.
Speaking during the public presentation of these items to the affected farmers at Iseyin, Thomas Omofoye, Head of Leaf, BAT Nigeria Limited, said the farmers supplied the company leaf worth N740 million which was higher than the N224 million in 2013 under the company’s leaf growing scheme.
“The productivity awards ceremony is a kind of encouragement for them to appreciate them better. First, farmers don’t tend to appreciate what they are doing, perhaps they don’t know that farming is actually a business. So we thought of celebrating them, their activities, and their commitment and to ensure that they are actually earning a living from farming operation,” he said.
Freddy Messanvi: Corporate And Regulatory Affairs Director, BAT, added “ I will like to congratulate the farmers on the hard work done in the previous year. Despite the unforeseen acts of nature, they have defied the odds and delivered once again as always. “I urged the farmers to maximise the resources and technical know-how being offered by B AT to continue to improve their yield, increase their income and improve lives,” he stated.