KAMBAA TEA FACTORY COMPANY LIMITED
The factory is located in Kiambu District, central province about 60 kms south west of Nairobi city. It is located along uplands Githunguri Road about 10 kilometres from uplands and 8 kilometres from Githunguri, in Githunguri Division, Kiambu District, and central province. It is about 2000 metres above sea level.
The factory was commissioned in May 1974 to serve small scale tea farmers within Kiambu District of Central province. It was commissioned with a capacity of less than 10 million kgs of green leaf but later expanded to the current capacity of 15 million kgs of green leaf.
The factory offers the following services:
Tea extension services which is charged with the responsibility of offering extension services to the farmers on good farm husbandry e.g. fertilizer, plucking standards, weeding, pruning and maintenance of a good plucking table.
Leaf collection services which ensures the leaf is delivered by farmers get to the factory in good time and in good condition.
Production is the section that undertakes the processing of the leaf to produce high quality made tea ready for consumption. Currently Kambaa Tea Factory is ranked among the top best twenty in Kenya with regard to market tea prices.
Kambaa Tea Factory catchment has about 2,007 hectares (4957.29 acres) of tea owned by about 5,473 small-scale farmers and who are also owners of the factory. On average each grower owns about 0.38 hectares of tea. To facilitate collection, there are 68 collection centres.
Several clones of tea are planted, major ones being 6/8; TN14/3 & BB15 the type of soil in this area is red loam. Some of the community based projects are dairy farming, horticulture and poultry farming.Most of the roads are accessible. Kambaa is situated between two major high ways namely; Nairobi-Nakuru highway which is just 10kms away, and Nairobi-Thika highway about 40kms away. Tea is planted on ranges, and there are five rivers in the catchment namely; Mukuyu, Ruiru, Bathi, Kamiti and Ikuria.
Kambaa experiences cold weather (average annual temperatures range between 12oc and 19oc all year round). We receive an average rainfall of 1500mm in a year. The average relative humidity is 80%.
|David N.Chuchu- Chairman||Job K. Ng'ang'a- Vice Chairman||George Waithaka|
|Jackson Gitau||Stephen Kahoro||Anthony Mbugua|