TANZANIA Leaf Tobacco Limited has been commended for its enormous economic and social contribution to the country during its five decades of operations.
Chunya District Commissioner, Engineer Mary Mahundi said last week during celebrations to mark TLTC’s 50th anniversary that the company has changed lives of many local tobacco farmers, families of employees and the general public through its economic contributions.
“I congratulate TLTC for fostering a long term partnership with smallholder farmers and the government which has contributed significantly to development of the country,” Eng Mahundi noted. She said the tobacco company has also contributed significantly in community development through its corporate social responsibility financing.
“I also congratulate TLTC because for the past 50 years, farmers and various stakeholders have experienced change in their economic lives through tobacco farming,” the Chunya DC added.
Eng Mahundi’s observation was seconded by Tanzania Tobacco Board acting Director General, Dr Julius Ningu. “Over the past 50 years, TLTC has become a household name among farmers and ordinary Tanzanians in Tabora and other tobacco growing regions in the country,” Dr Ningu said.
Speaking in Tabora region during TLTC’s half a century celebrations, Dr Ningu said during the period smallholder farmers also benefited a lot by growing and selling their commodity to the company. “But as the government we have TLTC as one of the major taxpayers which helps finance development projects,” he noted.
He urged farmers and the tobacco processing company’s management to continue working with the government in improving tobacco farming in the country because the commodity is an important income generator for both individuals and government.
“My message to farmers is that they should work hard and ensure self-reliance, especially in obtaining inputs for their farms instead of depending on borrowing which is often costly as it attracts interest,” he urged.
During the past five decades, TLCT has become a household name by directly employing thousands of people at its factories in Tabora, Morogoro and other regions; paying billions of shilling in government taxes and also financing education, health and environment conservation through its tree planting programme annually.