GACHARAGE TEA FACTORY COMPANY LIMITED
The factory located in Murang’a County, Kigumo district, Gacharage Division, Mununga Location, Mununga Sub-location. It is 56Kms from the major Town, Thika, 107 Kms from the capital city Nairobi and 610 Kms from the port of Mombasa.
Geographically, the factory lies at 2188 metres [7178feet] above sea level. To the West is the great Aberdare ranges, which is the main source of the rivers that serve the over 3 million people in Nairobi and Environs with clean water. To the north east is Mt Kenya with its beautiful sceneries. To the South is the famous Ndaka-ini water dam. The factory is built on high ground giving advantage point to observe rolling green tea farms on all horizons.
The rainfall pattern is bimodal with fairly uniform Distribution (long rains in April, and short rains in October). The area under tea is 1059.42 Ha. It lies between two tributaries of Tana River – Irati and Maragua.
The Factory was commissioned in the October 2002 with a green leaf capacity of 10 million annually. The factory was officially opened in the year 2010 by the Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya. The factory is owned 100% by the small scale Tea Farmers with 5213 active Tea Growers. The Factory is led by a board composed of eight directors.
The factory has a handling capacity of 10 million kilograms of green leaf having handled 130,541,892.7 Greenleaf by the year 2014. The factory specialises in production black CTC Teas with a plan of introducing orthodox teas production by the year 2017.
Gacharage has been certified by Fairtrade to sell products under this label since May 2006. The partnership between Gacharage and FLO has enabled Gacharage community to undertake fair-trade sponsored projects which has gone a long way in improving the living standards for surrounding community.
The Factory has also acquired other series of International Standards Certifications among them
ISO 9001-2008 Quality Management Systems.
ISO 22000-2005 Food Safety Management System
The following tea grades are sold by the factory at the Mombasa Tea Auction: BPI, PF1, PD, D1, FI, DUST
|Paul Mwangi Kagema- Chairman||Hiram Mwangi Kioi- Vice Chairman||Joseph Muiga Gichimu|
|Paul Thiga Kimemia||David Irungu Mwangi||George S. Ngure Nganga|
Postal Address: P.O. Box 2700 - 01000 THIKA, KENYA
Telephone: +254 723 799 647