WERU TEA FACTORY COMPANY LIMITED
Weru Tea Factory is located in Muthambi Division, Tharaka Nithi county. It is about 1.5 kilometres from Marima town, off the Embu - Meru highway approximately 190 kilometres from Nairobi KTDA head quarters and 12kms from Chuka town, on the Eastern slopes of Mt Kenya at an altitude of 1500m above sea level. The tea factory falls within KTDA administrative Region IV.
Weru tea Factory was constructed in May 2000 although tea was first grown in the area in 1972 with most of the farms established in the 1990's. The need for the construction of the factory arose due to acute congestion of green tea leaf at Kinoro Tea Factory , the long distances covered by the leaf carriers leading to high costs and the potential for further production.
The Factory was commissioned in 2002 to manufacture black CTC teas. At the time of commissioning, the annual installed processing capacity for the factory was 10 million Kg's green leaf per year with two lines, but currently the Factory has been expanded to three lines with a processing capacity of 15 Million Kg's of green leaf per year. The Factory stands on a total of 24.73 acres of land.
Weru catchment area has approximately 8,903 registered growers with approximately 4,048.15 Acres under tea. The catchment has a potential for higher production per unit area and thus a future increase in green leaf production. The factory operates through 61 coded leaf collection centers and the catchment is divided into six electoral areas namely; Magumoni, Chuka, Muthambi, Mwimbi South, Mwimbi North and Mwimbi Central all of which are represented by a Director elected by the farmers.
|Francis K. Miriti- Chairman||Loyford M. Muchiri- Vice Chairman||Murage N. Rimunya|
|Leonard M. Kaburu||Dorothy K. Gitonga||Patrick M. Bernard|
|Timothy M. Njeru||Paul M. Ringera- Board Member||Charles Manegene- Regional Manager|
Telephone: 020 2074180 | 0728 272629