Rwanda’s tea manufacturer and exporter, SORWATHEA, has launched a Green Tea Factory worth $1million expected to increase its Green Tea production up to 300MT annually from the current 20MT and increase revenues from export volumes to the local and international market.
SORWATHE, located in Rulindo district, has an industrial bloc of 285 ha and 959 ha of small holders’ plantations organized in ASSOPTHE cooperative.
This new factory is the 2nd biggest factory in Rwanda, with processing capacity of 3,600MT/year from the initially installed capacity of 1200MT.
Currently, SORWATHE Tea Factory contributes to 12% of Rwanda tea production with high productivity of 12,867 kg/ha.
During the past 16 years, SORWATHE made tea production has been oscillating between above 2000 MT and below 4000MT.
In line with the government policy to respect children rights, SORWATHE has built six pre-schools and provides around 900 cups of porridge for the children daily.
SORWATHE also has two Early Childhood Development centers, which help parents to keep their children in safe place when they are plucking tea.
Together with National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) and Rulindo district, SORWATHE is helping farmers to expand Tea cultivation up to 300 ha in six years.
The investment made to plant tea will be paid back by the farmers from year 6 on-wards within a period of 15 years with no interest.
Meanwhile, grades production at national level indicates 80.51% are primary grades, 15.15% secondary grades, 4% of orthodox tea and 0.07% are Green tea, special tea and white tea.
The predominant level of production of the grades PF1 and PD which count for more than 58% of the 10 national production all from good harvested and well processed leaves.
There is also predominant level of BP, F1, D and PF in secondary grade with 12.22%.
Rwanda earned $8.6 million from tea exports as of June this year representing 39.4% increase in export revenue compared to $6.1 million that was recorded during the same period in 2016.
Rwandan tea is now fetching $3.38 per kilogram up from $2.43 last year.
The tea production increment of 20.7% is attributed to good rains registered in 2017/18, new tea plantations; good practices in tea production, improvement of farmers' knowledge and skills and the application of sufficient and timely fertilizers in tea plantations. https://t.co/16kHl6ewYH
— Rwanda Tea (@RwandaTea) August 30, 2018
In total, the cumulative revenues from agricultural exports between July 2017 – June 2018 were US$515,986,568 representing 44.73% increase compared to US$356,510,660 generated in the same period in 2016-2017, according to figures from National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB).