The Alliance International (AOI) has been recognized in the "Large Tobacco Processing Industry" category of the Tanzania Manufacturer of the Year Awards competition, The Citizen reports.
At the ceremony on December 17, IU General Manager Ephraim Mapoore thanked the organizers and attributed the company’s success to its adherence to best agricultural and business practices, as well as its commitment to its farmer base.
Marple noted that IU has paid $71.9 million to its 12,000 contract growers in Tanzania this quarter, in line with the government’s requirement to pay growers in U.S. dollars.
In addition, the company paid $1.81 million in fees to the Agricultural Marketing Cooperative and $780,000 to the Tobacco Cooperative Union.
Meanwhile, regional authorities received $1.72 million in crop land revenue from the IU.
Maple thanked the government for providing reliable electricity to his Morogoro factory. For years, the company relied on diesel generators for much of its production.