10th April, 2012
A total of 218 farmers have been rewarded for excellent performance and adherence to environmental best practices under the British American Tobacco Nigeria/Iseyin Agronomy Farmers’ Productivity Awards Scheme in Iseyin Oyo State.
The Farmers Productivity Awards Scheme is an initiative of the BAT Iseyin Agronomy, a subsidiary of BAT Nigeria, to train, advise and support the farmers by providing farm inputs and extension services on proven best practice annually.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, the commissioner of Agriculture, NaturalResources and Rural Development, Bimbo Kolade who was represented by Adewole Ayanlowo urged the recipients of the awards to reciprocate the kind gesture of the BATN/Iseyin Agronomy by making use of the equipment given to them, to boost efficiency in production.
Kolade urged other private sector operators and non-government operators to take a cue from the efforts of BAT Iseyin Agronomy in the areas of food security and poverty reduction through the development of agriculture.
Explaining the award scheme, the Head of Leaf, BAT Iseyin Agronomy, Mr. Thomas Omofoye said the initiative is aimed at rewarding tobacco farmers for attaining the criteria set by the company towards volume drive, to facilitate a sustainable and productive mutually beneficial relationship between the company and registered commercial tobacco farmers. The winners rated in two performance categories being Exceed and Succeed Groups. 74 farmers emerged as winners in the Exceed Group and they all went home with motorcycles and water pumps while 144 farmers in succeed group went home with water tanks and knapsack sprayers.
One of the winners, Alani Adewunmi praised BAT Iseyin Agronomy for their continuous support to farmers through the rewards scheme. My business has indeed been given a lift through their support, he said. Other farmers rewarded are Isiaka Olalekan, Alhaji Hassan Afonja, Ogunmodede OlomitutuOyediran Abel amongst others.