Deal #4736

Location #1

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Administrative region
Location
Nyamagabe, Rwanda

Target country
Rwanda
Comment on location
Southern Province, Nyamagabe District, along the northern boundary of the Nyungwe natural forest. The company is located 5 kilometers away from the main Nyamagabe road, at approximately 187 km from Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
1340
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2009] 1340
Comment on land area
800 hectares to the company for tea plantations. The fire wood forest occupies 540 hectares of land located in and around the tea plantations. The company may have acquired a further 280ha in 2012.

Intention of investment

Intention of the investment
Food crops, Timber plantation (for wood and fibre)

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2009] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
The estate was formerly solely state owned, which was privatized in 2009.

Implementation status

Implementation status
In operation (production)

Contract farming

Contract farming
Yes
Not on leased / purchased area (out-grower)
Yes
Not on leased / purchased area (out-grower, in ha)
850
Comment on contract farming
850 hectares belong to the out grower tea farmers of the Cobacyamu cooperative.

Number of domestic jobs created

Jobs created (domestic)
Yes
Current number of daily/seasonal workers (domestic)
5000

Operating company

Name of investment project
Kitabi Tea Estate

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Comment on data source
Bloomberg Business- Company Overview of Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd.

Data source #3

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2012-02-06
Comment on data source
The New Times- Tea farming transforming lives in Kitabi

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2014-07-15
Comment on data source
The New Times- Rutsiro tea factory privatisation will boost competitiveness–govt

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Education
Productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, tractors, machinery...)
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
Periodically distributing cows to the most vulnerable households, and has assisted in construction of a vocational school to equip children with life earning skills.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State
Comment on former land owner
In 2009, the estate was semi- privatized with the aim to release shares in tea gardens to private investors and tea grower cooperatives in order to improve efficiency of the tea sector.

Former land use

Former land use
Commercial (large-scale) agriculture
Comment on former land use
Formerly also a tea plantation

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Tea

Use of produce

Has export
Yes
Comment on use of produce
It principally exports its black tea through the international tea auction centre in Mombasa (Kenya).

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
Factory on the estate. since 2009 when the factory was privatised, The estate's production had increased from 1,849 tonnes per year to 1,988 in 2011.

Aug. 7, 2015, 10:23 a.m.

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