Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Glo slashes tariff for farmers

Mobile subsidiary of the Second National Operator (SNO), Glo Mobile has slashed call rate for a group of farmers under the aegis of Western Nigeria International Agriculture (WNIA) to make calls at N10 per minute and 20k per second, just as the telco sponsored this year’s summit.

The summit, which saw hundreds of farmers in attendance was organised as an exhibition and training seminar to bring farmers together for capacity building, learning, and technology transfer.

Also in attendance were small and large scale farmers associations, cooperatives, investors, retailers of farming equipment and products as well as top government officials.

Speaking at the event, head, Sales department at Globacom, Mr. Charles Odiase, said that the company decided to sponsor the summit and bring value to Nigerian farmers by offering members post-paid lines with a Closed User Group (CUG) to enable them make calls for as low as N10 per minute or 20k per second.

Odiase also said that the partnership with Nigerian farmers is in line with Globacom’s strategy and vision to provide affordable telecommunications services to various strata of the Nigerian society.

He called on farmers nationwide to make use of the opportunity by registering with the African Farming Project, organisers of the summit in order to benefit from the initiative.

Responding, the International Coordinator of the Africa Farming Project, Mr. Bright Okwu commended Globacom for partnering with the organisation to bring tremendous value to Nigerian farmers who need all the support they can get in their efforts to free the nation from import dependency through improved farming methods and large scale food production.

“The fact that Globacom is doing this is no surprise to us since the company is well known for its support for other sectors of the economy such as sports, arts, culture and entertainment”, he said.

Globacom was also honoured with an award at the summit as the “Most Farmer Friendly Telecom Company” for its efforts at touching the lives of Nigerian farmers through its support of the capacity building summit; and for giving a unique opportunity to farmers through the Closed User Group initiative.

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