Taraba farm­ers, firm dis­agree over ex­ploita­tion claims

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Hus­sein Ya­haya

Tea and cof­fee farm­ers in the Mam­billa-Plateau area of Taraba State have al­leged ex­ploita­tion by of­fi­cials of a tea and cof­fee pro­cess­ing com­pany in the area.

The com­pany has de­bunked the al­le­ga­tion.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the farm­ers spoke yes­ter­day while re­ceiv­ing about 5,000 tea and cof­fee seedlings do­nated to them by the Raw Ma­te­ri­als Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil in Abuja.

Adamu Dan­juma Buba told stake­hold­ers at the event that Mam­billa Bev­er­ages Nige­ria Lim­ited was buy­ing a kilo­gram of green leaves at N26, only for the com­pany to process, pack­age and sell the same quan­tity at about N750.

He ex­pressed re­gret that the ac­tion was dis­cour­ag­ing peo­ple from cof­fee tea farm­ing in the Mam­billa-Plateau re­gion.

The farmer pleaded with the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­pany at the event to take the mes­sage back to the man­age­ment to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion.

But speak­ing with Daily Trust shortly af­ter the event, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­pany, Ab­dul­rah­man Sani Waziri, de­bunked the farm­ers’ claims, saying his com­pany spends a lot of money pro­cess­ing the green leaves.

He said the farm­ers did not even know the real amount their fin­ished prod­ucts were be­ing sold in the mar­ket if they were rais­ing such al­le­ga­tion, adding that their prod­ucts re­mained one of the cheap­est in the coun­try. how­ever

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