check http://concernedafricascholars.org/wp-content/themes/twentyeleven/inc/theme-options.php sans-serif;”>Through a statement released on Friday, information pills the Board of BAT Uganda Ltd said it intended to restructure its operations as part of the company’s continuous drive to ensure a sustainable and optimal business.
It revealed that for the past few years, it has focused on improving the quality of tobacco crop, and enhancing return to the farmer, through increased productivity and scale.
“As a result, the quality of our crop has improved significantly following consistent investment in our farmers, growing facilities and the crop itself,” stated.
The statement indicates that the restructuring is because the processing plant in Kampala does not have the capability to continue processing the crop to international standards anymore.
“This is because the installed equipment is obsolete, and is unable to handle the crop to international quality expectations and timelines.”
Also indicates because the location of the plant (in the heart of Kampala city) is restrictive and no longer suitable for the crop processing operations. “It is not financially viable for us to invest in a new plant given the size of our crop,” added.
BAT, however, promises to continue focusing on growing a high quality tobacco crop, and “Will continue our annual investment of over Shs14bn in loans to strengthen our farmer productivity.”
It, however, states that the exiting staff will be treated fairly, with dignity and respect, in line with existing Company policy, and within the requirements of the law.
“The process will be fully transparent, inclusive and will take into consideration the well-being of all affected employees. We will be providing departing employees with counseling, financial training, job finding skills, and coaching on preparing for the future,” reveals the statement.
Meanwhile BAT’s leaf growing and cigarette marketing and distribution operations will not affected by the changes.
“We will continue to focus our efforts and resources on marketing our brands to adult consumers, growing a high quality tobacco crop, and improving our farmers capacity and scale,” states.
BAT further assures the public that the country will continue to benefit from our tobacco exports, which will still bring in substantial foreign exchange.