Ugandan tobacco farmers sue BAT
Tobacco growers in the Hoima and Masindi districts of Uganda are suing British America Tobacco (BAT) for not purchasing their leaf.
In the case, five men are representing 2,838 farmers from the two districts. The farmers are seeking a court order requiring BAT to compensate them for tobacco grown during the 2004 growing season, as well as for general damages and costs of the lawsuit.
The farmers allege that they grew tobacco under the directsupervision and technical control of BAT, who sold them seeds, fertilizers, chemicals and other inputs. They claim that according to contracts, BAT was to deduct the cost of the inputs from the prices paid for the tobacco.