About Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd

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.

Rwanda Mountain Ltd is an investor in tea plantations and tea processing facilities. In August 2006, the Government of Rwanda under its privatization policy sold to Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd controlling shares (90%) of two estates of Nyabihu and Rubaya (both in the North Western region of Rwanda). The other 10% is owned by out-grower tea farmers.

Again in 2009, still in the privatization process, Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd acquired 60% shares in Kitabi tea estate (in the Southern region), and subsequently another 30%.

Then in 2010 (still in the privatization exercise) Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd in a consortium with an Indian company (Jay Shree Tea and Industries Ltd) successfully bid for 60% shareholding in two tea estates: Gisakura and Mata (in the South West of Rwanda).

History

Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd is an investor in tea plantations and tea processing facilities. In August 2006, the Government of Rwanda under the privatization policy sold to Rwanda Mountain Tea controlling shares (90 %) of two tea estates of Nyabihu and Rubaya – both in the North Western region of Rwanda.

The other 10% is owned by out-grower tea farmers. Again in 2009, still in the privatization process, Rwanda Mountain Tea acquired 60 % shares in Kitabi Tea Company (in the Southern region).

Then in 2010, still in the privatization exercise, Rwanda Mountain Tea in a consortium with an Indian company – Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd - successfully bid for 60% shareholding in two companies of Gisakura Tea Company & Mata Tea Company in the South West of Rwanda. Rwanda Mountain Tea not only owns the referenced shares, but also has management contracts with Rubaya – Nyabihu Tea Company, the company under which Rubaya and Nyabihu tea estates operates; and Kitabi Tea Company, the producer of the Kitabi tea mark.

The objective of the privatization process is to reinforce the tea sector by encouraging private investments that would bring in the needed expertise towards improving competitiveness of Rwanda teas in the global market. Rwanda Mountain Tea also has majority shares in a packaging plant – Rwanda Tea Packers – that sells packaged Rwanda teas mostly to local markets.

Activities

CORE ACTIVITIES

The vision of Rwanda Mountain Tea is to be a regional leader in exporting top quality tea to world markets. The tea companies source the green tea leaf from their own plantations and from out growers, and process it into black tea mainly for export markets. So far, the teas from factories under Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd management attract some of the best prices on Mombasa tea auction market.

The majority of the teas are sold on the Mombasa auction with a few private sales.
Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd sells 1% of its teas locally in value added through Rwanda Tea Packers, a blending company in which it has majority shares, which blends both CTC black and green tea.

Some companies in the group have obtained Rainforest Alliance Certificates and others have registered for certification either with Rainforest Alliance or with ISO 22000. All the companies hold Pesticides Residue Certificates.

Organization structure