KOBEL TEA FACTORY PROFILE
Kobel Tea Factory construction was necessitated by the high production in the mother Factory Mogogosiek Tea Factory Company Limited. The acquisition of land was done in August 2004 and construction started in the year 2007.The factory was completed and trial runs started on August 3 2009.
The trials were done up to January 2010 when the factory was found to operate to its capacity with tea consultants, dealers and brokers accepting the product to be competitive with the established marks in the country. Factory serves small scale farmers with an average tea bush area of 0.22 Hectare.
Kobel Tea Factory is located in the Mau highlands in Kenya west of Great Rift Valley. The growing zone is on modified equatorial climate and in particular the factory lies at 35.30 east of green which meridian and 0.700 South of equator. The factory stands at 2160 meters above the sea level and the farms stand at equal radius round the factory.
The catchment is drained by innumerable streams which join to form two major rivers Kiptungit and Kipsonoi which drain the area and feed Lake Victoria. The area is cool and wet throughout the year giving uniform growth and quality.
The Factory is situated in Cheptalal Location, Cheptalal Division, and Konoin District of Rift Valley Province. The factory catchment is well linked to major towns; Kericho is 60 km away by tarmac road and Nairobi Capital City at 300km away.
The factory has access through two routes from the Capital City of Nairobi. The route through Narok and Bomet gives one a chance to enjoy scenic features of Great Rift Valley, the Savannah Grass lands and the wheat growing areas. Maasai Mara Game Reserve is also situated along this route.
The second route is through Naivasha, Nakuru and Kericho which offers Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru and Kericho green carpet of tea field’s sceneries.
The factory share the same board with MogogosiekTea factory which is a limited company with six Board of directors elected directly by the shareholders, one nominated gender director, one board member representing zone nine and a regional manager representing managing director.
The Board formulates corporate policies governing the conduct of company business. Basic operational unit is the leaf collection centre owned by a group of growers within a locality: The daily affairs of the centre are governed by a five member committee popularly elected by the affiliated tea growers. The Factory covers three catchments areas namely: Cheptalal Zone, Koiwa Zone and Embomos Zone.
The scope of KOBEL Tea Factory Integrated Management System for ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 22000:2005 is Provision of Reception of Green Leaf, Manufacture, Packing and Dispatch of Made Black Tea.
The factory has integrated training of our farmers on sustainable agriculture practices (RA), Farmers Field Schools and Barazas. It also trains farmers on management of environmental issues for the purposes of climate change mitigation.
Telephone: 0718423498 or 0735101504 or 0722430899