The tea in Rwanda is well known all over the world for its infusion and enhanced brightness. Rwanda Mountain Tea produces some of the finest teas in Rwanda by investing in tea processing facilities, expert monitoring and guidance in crop production.
Starting in 2006 onwards, Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd became a leading indigenous private investor in tea factories and plantations, acquiring majority shares in a number of formerly government-owned estates, including; Nyabihu and Rubyaa (in Western and Northern region), Kitabi (in Southern region), and Gisakura and Mata (in South-western region).
In addition, as part of its expansion plan, Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd has invested in setting up a tea factory at Rutsiro (Western region), specialized in producing organic black CTC, orthodox black and green tea. Another recent addition is Gatare Tea Company in Nyamasheke district that is scheduled to be commissioned before the end of the year.
Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd investments in the tea sector targets improvement in tea production through better farming practices and acquisition and expansion of tea fields across the country. The cycle has been completed by upgrading and building modern tea factories; and establishing a blending and packaging tea plant to cater for needs of end-consumers of tea in Rwanda and progressively in the region and other parts of Africa. Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd is recognized globally for producing some of the best black CTC tea in the world, and has won accolades at various tea cupping sessions worldwide.
Besides producing and trading tea, Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd is a key private investor in renewable energy. It has to date put up 2 hydro power plants along Giciye River that supply 8 MW to the national grid. It is in the process of building another plant on the same river with a capacity of 7.2 MW. In other related developments, Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd has signed concession agreements with the Government of Rwanda on 2 existing micro-hydropower plants to generate an additional 4 MW.
The companies in group blend in easily in the communities where they operate, contributing to building schools, health centers, feeder roads, and houses to the very poor. They also contribute to the national program of one cow per poor family by annually giving livestock to the needy families.
RMT offers more than 25,000 jobs to the rural communities in addition to buying green leaf from local out-growers, thereby providing all year round market for their produce. The company blends well with the communities where it operates, contributing to the socio-economic development of such communities through; building schools, health centres, feeder roads, houses for the very poor and bringing potable water to residents.
Finally Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd is a large tax payer and reinvests its profits in the country, thus contributing to Rwanda’s economic development.