british american tobacco nigeria - About tobacco

The tobacco plant is in the same botanical family as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplants.  An adaptive species, it can be grown economically from 50° Northern to 40° Southern latitude.

More than 100 countries grow tobacco. China grows the most, followed by the USA, Brazil, IndiaTobacco, Zimbabwe and Turkey.  Tobacco thrives in poorer soils, providing farmers with a welcome alternative crop. In many cases, it provides a higher income than any other smallholder crop.

Tobacco in Nigeria has a long history.  It has provided pleasure to millions of adults who have chosen to smoke and to those who prefer to either chew it or inhale it as snuff. British American Tobacco has been in the country since 1912.

We encourage our farmers to grow tobacco responsibly and to engage in rotation with food crops and they understand the benefits inherent in doing so.  As a responsible corporate organisation, we work with the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure sensible regulation of the industry.

Leaf growing history

Our leaf growing operations started as far back as 1930 around Ago-Are in Oyo State, before spreading to the north and some southern parts of Nigeria.

Tobacco growers were supplied with matured seedlings which were grown and sold as green uncured leaves.  This later changed and growers became producers of cured leaf, taking over the company's curing facilities before setting up more sites of their own.

Three types of cured tobacco leaf were produced.  Differentiation occuring mainly through the tupe of curing method applied.

  • Light air-cured tobacco was produced in the northern states around Zaria, Sokoto and Sabon-Birn.
  • Dark air-cured tobacco was produced in the south-western part of the country and some parts of the north-east.
  • Flue-cured tobacco was produced around Otu, Iseyin, Igbojaiye and Idiko-Ago, amongst other areas in the South-Western part of the country.

Our company's leaf growing areas are currently concentrated in Iseyin, Oyo State and growers handle the process of planting, harvesting, and curing of tobacco leaves before they are taken to the factory.


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