Tobacco farmers in dismay after buyer departure

British America Tobacco (BAT) East and Central Africa Director Chris Burrell speaks before the Senate Committee on Delegate Legislation in Parliament, Nairobi, on May 21, 2015. More than 10,000 tobacco growers have not begun harvesting their crop following the departure of a leaf buyer. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Alliance One Tobacco Company has moved to Uganda and Zimbabwe “where the leaf is cheaper and of high quality”.
  • Migori accounts for 70 per cent of tobacco production in Kenya. The industry collectively pays out over Sh1.7 billion every year to farmers in the county.

More than 10,000 tobacco growers have not begun harvesting their crop following the departure of a leaf buyer.

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