MATAARA TEA FACTORY COMPANY LIMITED
Mataara tea factory falls within KTDA administrative region 1 and is located in Mataara sub location, Gituamba location, Gatundu north constituency in the larger Kiambu County. It is 79kms from Nairobi.
The factory was commissioned in 1964 by the first president of republic of Kenya H.E. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta (then prime minister) to manufacture C.T.C. black tea with an annual installed processing capacity of 5,500,000 kgs annually.
Mataara catchment area is divided into six electoral areas & has a total of 4,046 registered growers with a total of 1,155Ha (2,854 acres) under tea giving an average farm size of 0.3 (0.74 acres).
The catchment has potential for higher production per init area if improvement is done on crop husbandry. However, further subdivision of farm holdings is having a negative impact on production and sustainability especially when considering the economies of scale.
At the time of commissioning in 1964, the annual installed processing capacity for the factory was 5,500,000 kgs green leaf. It was first expanded in 1985/86 with an additional processing capacity of 4,500,000. A further modernization to handle 5,000,000kgs was undertaken in 1996/97.
During the last expansion phase carried out in 2011/2012 the factory capacity did not change because the original withering decks were decommissioned and replaced with the new installation; the current and existing annual processing capacity of the factory therefore remains as 10,000,000(millions) kgs green leaf though with an ability to accommodate up to 15million kgs.
|Eng. Joseph M. Wakimani- Chairman||Samuel N. Ngugi- Vice Chairman||Paul K. Ngaruiya|
|Joel Gatarwa Ndungu||Eliud K. Nganga||Clement Kamau Mwangi|