Filipino cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation has been urging to alternative use for tobacco. It is to help reduce Filipino farmers’ reliance on chemical-based pesticides, and also to increase tobacco farmers’ income, and protect the environment.
According to Oscar Barrientos, Mighty executive vice president and spokesman that the move was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility thrust. He noted that a small but growing number of Filipino farmers were shifting from chemical-based to organic pesticides, or a combination of the two. “This trend should be encouraged,” he added.
They have been coordinating with National Tobacco Administration (NTA), Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB) in this effort.