Deal #4737

Location #1

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Administrative region
Location
Nyabihu, Rwanda

Target country
Rwanda
Comment on location
North-West of Rwanda in the Western Province, Nyabihu District, 123 km away from Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
1183
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2006] 1183
Comment on land area
630 hectares for tea and 80 hectares of mature fuel wood. Company website states: the Rubaya Tea Estate comprised 835Ha of plantations- 400Ha belonging to the cooperative, a tea factory and 348 Ha of fire wood forest.

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
[2006] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
The estate was semi-privatized in 2006. The estate was originally established in the 1970's.

Implementation status

Implementation status
In operation (production)
Comment on implementation status
BIO’s investment will be used to finance factory equipment as well as tea planting, for the Nyabihu tea unit.

Contract farming

Contract farming
Yes
On leased / purchased area
Yes
On leased / purchased area (in ha)
400
On leased / purchased farmers
8300
Comment on contract farming
The tea farmers in the vicinity supply their green leaf to the factory. The tea small holders are being encouraged to expand their units. 400Ha belonging to the cooperative of tea outgrower comprising 8,300 members. RMT gives cooperative members fertilizers at subsidized price and favourable payment terms.

Number of domestic jobs created

Jobs created (domestic)
Yes
Current number of employees (domestic)
230
Comment on jobs created (domestic)
Rubaya Tea Estate employs 230 permanent staff and an average of 1,500 casual workers a month

Operating company

Name of investment project
Nyabihu tea factory
Comment on investment chain
BIO’s investment will be used to finance factory equipment as well as tea planting, for the Nyabihu tea unit. Rwanda Mountain Tea owns the majority of the company shares.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #2

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #3

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #4

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

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Comment on data source
Bio Invest- Rwandan Mountain Tea

Data source #6

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

Data source #7

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2014-10-11
Comment on data source
The East African- Now Mountain Tea pays $750,000 for Rutsiro plantation

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Education
Capacity Building

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State
Comment on former land owner
Formerly solely state owned. Semi-privatized to boost production and the quality of tea

Former land use

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

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Tea

Use of produce

Has domestic use
Yes
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
Tea Factory on the estate. The factory is being developed further to cater to the increased intake of green leaf.

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