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447 KT&G Helps Farmers during ‘Covid Manpower Shortage’ … 2021.04.19

KT&G (President Paik Bok-in) provided a leaf tobacco planting service in Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do to help leaf-tobacco farmers struggling due to manpower shortages in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Employees of KT&G's Raw Materials Headquarters and Gimcheon Plant, who participated in the volunteer work, visited a leaf tobacco farm in Baegun-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, where they helped raise and plant seedlings in a farmland of about 10,000 square meters.

 

Leaf tobacco is not grown by sowing seeds in a field, but rather seedlings are grown in a seedling facility and then planted, which is an important task that determines the fruitfulness of the year. KT&G has been conducting volunteer activities for 13 years since 2009 in order to provide labor to farmers struggling due to labor shortages and to pass on know-how in producing high-quality leaf tobacco.

 

Shin Sang-ho, head of KT&G's Raw Materials Division, said, "In addition to the declining population and aging population in rural areas, labor shortages have worsened due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and farmers are experiencing great difficulties." He added, "KT&G has been working to alleviate the grievances of farmers by deploying leaf tobacco planting and harvesting volunteers every year, and will continue to strive for win-win growth with farmers through various activities.”

 

KT&G is the only tobacco company operating in Korea to purchase domestic leaf tobacco, and is making various efforts to protect farm households, such as pre-paying 30% of the sales price of leaf tobacco for each farmer in cash. In addition, from 2013 to the present, the company has provided a total of KRW 2.45 billion for health check-ups for farmers and scholarships for their children.

 

 


 

(Photo description) KT&G (President Paik Bok-in) provided a leaf tobacco planting service in Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do on the 16th to help leaf-tobacco farmers struggling due to manpower shortages in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The photo shows KT&G employees carrying out planting work as part of their volunteering efforts.


 

 


(Photo description 2) KT&G (President Paik Bok-in) provided a leaf tobacco planting service in Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do to help leaf-tobacco farmers struggling due to manpower shortages in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The photo shows KT&G employees carrying out planting work as part of their volunteering efforts.

 


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