PASIR PUTEH: British American Tobacco (BAT) Malaysia has pledged to help tobacco farmers in Kelantan replant crop worth some RM10mil that was destroyed in recent floods.
National Kenaf and Tobacco Board reports have revealed that about 2,000 farmers in the Bachok area alone were affected by the floods. Some 70% of the tobacco leaves, harvested in April, was destroyed.
Besides Bachok, Pasir Mas, Besut and Kuala Terengganu were also hit by floods.
BAT Malaysia director of operations Datuk Chan Choon Ngai, who visited Pasir Puteh and Bachok with Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Senator A. Kohilan Pillay recently, said: “BAT Malaysia is committed to working closely with the ministry and farmers to replant the crop.”
He added that the company would have to “import some tobacco leaves to supplement needs”.
Tobacco farmer Che Awang Ismail, 43, who was among those affected, asked Kohilan to help by settling the farmers’ debts.