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CHAIRMAN’S REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2011
I hereby submit the report on the performance of the company during the financial year ending 30th June. 2011.
CROP
Crop production for the year was lower than last year. 13,957,736 kilogram's of Green Leaf (i.e) receipt weight were delivered by farmers while 13,964,608 kilogram’s (i.e) factory weight were processed at the company's factory. Out of this throughput of, 3,400,784 kilogram’s of tea was made. These throughput and output were lower than last year's levels of 16,096,228 kilogram's delivered by farmers (i.e) receipt weight and 16,025,369 kilogram’s processed (i.e) factory weight. 3,865,007 kilogram's of made tea was made last year. Green leaf and made tea decreased by 2,060,761 kilogram's and 464,223 kilogram's respectively. This was at a conversion factor of 24.35% which is equivalent to per 4.12 Kg of Green Leaf to make one kilograms of Made Tea.
TEA PRICES
There was a marginal increase in tea prices during the year. The average price realized per kilogram of made tea sold was Kshs. 249.26. This compares favorably with the price of Ksh.237.73 in 2010.The prices therefore increased by Kshs. 11.53 per kilograms of sold tea. This year's price of one kilograms of made tea sold is equivalent to Kshs. 60.50 per kg of green leaf.
MANUFACTURING COST
The manufacturing costs increased during the year. The average manufacturing cost for the year was Ksh.73.15 for every kilogramme of made tea against the average manufacturing cost of Kshs. 69.97 per kg for last year. There was an increase in the manufacturing cost by Kshs.3.18 per every kilogramme.This manufacturing cost includes monthly green leaf payment at Kshs. 49.28 per kg of made tea for the year which is higher than Kshs. 47.77 per kg for last year. This year's manufacturing cost was equivalent to Ksh.17.75 per kilograms of green Leaf as compared to the previous year when the cost averaged Kshs. 16.88 per kg of green leaf.
GREENLEAF PAYMENT AND DIVIDENDS
The company was able to pay Kshs. 655,310,751 for green leaf delivered against a total payment of Kshs 651,076,637 realized the previous year. The Company managed to pay an advance or first payment of Kshs. 12.00 per kg of green leaf delivered which is equivalent to Kshs. 49.28 per kg of made tea.
The Board of the company further recommended that payment of an interim dividend of 2.5% be paid as a final dividend to all class 'B" shareholders appearing in the Company's share register as at 30th June, 2011. A total sum of Kshs. 2,105,458 is payable to all the shareholders of the company by way of dividends.
CHALLENGES
The year under review had its ups and downs i.e. global financial crisis, high costs among others. Cost of production has been on the rise especially on labour, fuel and electricity. If this trend continues, it shall have a big impact on our fuel cost in future. In this regard, we urge our farmers to assist us in arresting this situation and supply the factory with fuel wood. There is limited processing capacity against increasing green leaf production but we are planning to expand the withering section in this financial year.
Other challenges include over reliance on traditional markets, narrow product base, instability of dollar versus Kenya shilling, declining prices of tea in the global markets, new legislation affecting existing operations and trading relationships, growing substitutes to tea, environmental degradation; and decreasing farm sizes. To counter these challenges, the company is setting up a hydro-power company, compliance to market requirement, investment in wood fuel plantations, product and market diversification, among others.
IMPROVEMENTS
The future of the Company looks bright given that the Board of Directors has embarked on automation exercise and has committed itself on fleet and machinery modernization to improve on efficiency. During the year, the Company procured two leaf carriers and a tractor to improve on the efficiency of tea leaves and firewood collection respectively. A 650 KVA Generator was also procured, tested and commissioned.
Epoxy Floor installation on the production area is ongoing. This is to comply with the standards requirements. Packing and sorting floors have epoxy lining, while the rest of the processing floor (i.e. fermentation and CTC) are granolithic. In order to comply with the requirements of a food processing factory these floors need to be done with epoxy.
Plans for expansion of the withering area are underway as the current green leaf production and the projected crop is above the 15 million Kg G/L per annum. The additional withering area can be created by jacking up the withering building to acquire 29 No. withering troughs. The new withering floor will provide an additional area of 15,312 ft2 and the total withering area will be 44,350 ft2 which includes the area after extending the 29 No troughs. With a slight adjustment in the loading density (2.5 kg/ft2) this area is adequate to receive more than the 110,000 Kg G/L maximum crop received per day during flash periods.
Asbestos have been replaced in most of the areas and the rest require to be replaced so as to comply with food safety requirements.
Hydro electric power project is in progress.
With the cess funds we shall continue maintaining our roads and making them accessible, better to reduce maintenance cost of our fleet and improve on green leaf delivery.
In future we are requesting growers to adhere to the company policy on leasing of Tea and Leaf collection centre by-laws to assist the factory eliminate falsification completely.
We urge our farmers to do infilling and to pluck quality leaf to the maximum to take advantage of the continued good prices at the market.
VOTE OF THANKS
On behalf of the board of Directors, I wish to hereby express my thanks and appreciation to the staff of the company, shareholders and growers who supplied green Leaf to the company for their good work which has contributed to the success of the company during the year under review.
CHEGE G. KIRUNDI (CHAIRMAN)

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2011
I hereby submit the report on the performance of the company during the financial year ending 30th June. 2011.
CROP
Crop production for the year was lower than last year. 13,957,736 kilogram's of Green Leaf (i.e) receipt weight were delivered by farmers while 13,964,608 kilogram’s (i.e) factory weight were processed at the company's factory. Out of this throughput of, 3,400,784 kilogram’s of tea was made. These throughput and output were lower than last year's levels of 16,096,228 kilogram's delivered by farmers (i.e) receipt weight and 16,025,369 kilogram’s processed (i.e) factory weight. 3,865,007 kilogram's of made tea was made last year. Green leaf and made tea decreased by 2,060,761 kilogram's and 464,223 kilogram's respectively. This was at a conversion factor of 24.35% which is equivalent to per 4.12 Kg of Green Leaf to make one kilograms of Made Tea.
TEA PRICES
There was a marginal increase in tea prices during the year. The average price realized per kilogram of made tea sold was Kshs. 249.26. This compares favorably with the price of Ksh.237.73 in 2010.The prices therefore increased by Kshs. 11.53 per kilograms of sold tea. This year's price of one kilograms of made tea sold is equivalent to Kshs. 60.50 per kg of green leaf.
MANUFACTURING COST
The manufacturing costs increased during the year. The average manufacturing cost for the year was Ksh.73.15 for every kilogramme of made tea against the average manufacturing cost of Kshs. 69.97 per kg for last year. There was an increase in the manufacturing cost by Kshs.3.18 per every kilogramme.This manufacturing cost includes monthly green leaf payment at Kshs. 49.28 per kg of made tea for the year which is higher than Kshs. 47.77 per kg for last year. This year's manufacturing cost was equivalent to Ksh.17.75 per kilograms of green Leaf as compared to the previous year when the cost averaged Kshs. 16.88 per kg of green leaf.
GREENLEAF PAYMENT AND DIVIDENDS
The company was able to pay Kshs. 655,310,751 for green leaf delivered against a total payment of Kshs 651,076,637 realized the previous year. The Company managed to pay an advance or first payment of Kshs. 12.00 per kg of green leaf delivered which is equivalent to Kshs. 49.28 per kg of made tea.
The Board of the company further recommended that payment of an interim dividend of 2.5% be paid as a final dividend to all class 'B" shareholders appearing in the Company's share register as at 30th June, 2011. A total sum of Kshs. 2,105,458 is payable to all the shareholders of the company by way of dividends.
CHALLENGES
The year under review had its ups and downs i.e. global financial crisis, high costs among others. Cost of production has been on the rise especially on labour, fuel and electricity. If this trend continues, it shall have a big impact on our fuel cost in future. In this regard, we urge our farmers to assist us in arresting this situation and supply the factory with fuel wood. There is limited processing capacity against increasing green leaf production but we are planning to expand the withering section in this financial year.
Other challenges include over reliance on traditional markets, narrow product base, instability of dollar versus Kenya shilling, declining prices of tea in the global markets, new legislation affecting existing operations and trading relationships, growing substitutes to tea, environmental degradation; and decreasing farm sizes. To counter these challenges, the company is setting up a hydro-power company, compliance to market requirement, investment in wood fuel plantations, product and market diversification, among others.
IMPROVEMENTS
The future of the Company looks bright given that the Board of Directors has embarked on automation exercise and has committed itself on fleet and machinery modernization to improve on efficiency. During the year, the Company procured two leaf carriers and a tractor to improve on the efficiency of tea leaves and firewood collection respectively. A 650 KVA Generator was also procured, tested and commissioned.
Epoxy Floor installation on the production area is ongoing. This is to comply with the standards requirements. Packing and sorting floors have epoxy lining, while the rest of the processing floor (i.e. fermentation and CTC) are granolithic. In order to comply with the requirements of a food processing factory these floors need to be done with epoxy.
Plans for expansion of the withering area are underway as the current green leaf production and the projected crop is above the 15 million Kg G/L per annum. The additional withering area can be created by jacking up the withering building to acquire 29 No. withering troughs. The new withering floor will provide an additional area of 15,312 ft2 and the total withering area will be 44,350 ft2 which includes the area after extending the 29 No troughs. With a slight adjustment in the loading density (2.5 kg/ft2) this area is adequate to receive more than the 110,000 Kg G/L maximum crop received per day during flash periods.
Asbestos have been replaced in most of the areas and the rest require to be replaced so as to comply with food safety requirements.
Hydro electric power project is in progress.
With the cess funds we shall continue maintaining our roads and making them accessible, better to reduce maintenance cost of our fleet and improve on green leaf delivery.
In future we are requesting growers to adhere to the company policy on leasing of Tea and Leaf collection centre by-laws to assist the factory eliminate falsification completely.
We urge our farmers to do infilling and to pluck quality leaf to the maximum to take advantage of the continued good prices at the market.
VOTE OF THANKS
On behalf of the board of Directors, I wish to hereby express my thanks and appreciation to the staff of the company, shareholders and growers who supplied green Leaf to the company for their good work which has contributed to the success of the company during the year under review.
CHEGE G. KIRUNDI (CHAIRMAN)

RIPOTI YA MWENYEKITI YA MWAKA ULIOMALIZIKA 30 JUNI 2011
Ningetaka kuwatolea ripoti kuhusu vile Kampuni ilivyofanya katika mwaka ulioisha tarehe 30 Juni, 2011.
MAVUNO YA CHAI
Mavuno ya Chai katika mwaka yalikuwa chini ya yale ya mwaka uliotangulia. Kilo 13,957,736 za majani chai zilipelekwa kutengenezwa na kilo 13,964,608 zikasiagwa katika kiwanda cha Kampuni. Kilo 3,400,784 za chai iliyotengenezwa zilipatikana. Kiasi hiki kilikuwa chini ya kile cha mwaka uliotangulia ambacho kilikuwa kilo 16,096,228 za majani mabichi ya chai na kilo 16,025,369 zikasiagwa. Kilo 3,865,007 za chai zilitengenezwa. Tofauti ya chai mbichi na iliyotengenezwa ikilinganishwa na mwaka uliopita ilikuwa kilo 2,060,761 za majani mabichi na kilo 464,223 za chai iliyotengenezwa. Mapato haya kwa kibadilisho cha 24.35% kwa mia ni sawa na kilo 4.12 za majani mabichi ambayo yanatoa kilo moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa.
BEI YA CHAI
Bei ya chai ilipanda katika mwaka. Bei wastani ya chai iliyopatikana kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyouzwa ilikuwa Kshs 249.26. Bei hii ilikuwa ya juu ikilinganishwa na bei ya mwaka uliotangulia ya Kshs.237.73. Kwa hivyo Kampuni ilikuwa na tofauti katika hizo bei ya Kshs 11.53 kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyouzwa. Bei ya chai iliyotengenezwa na kuuzwa katika mwaka ni sawa na Kshs.60.50 kwa kila kilo moja ya majani mabichi.
GHARAMA YA UTENGENEZAJI
Gharama ya utengenezaji ilipanda katika mwaka na ilikuwa Kshs. 73.15 kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa. Gharama wastani ya mwaka uliotangulia ilikuwa Kshs. 69.97 na kwa hivyo tofauti ikawa Kshs 3.18 kwa wastani kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa.Gharama ya utengenezaji imejumuishwa na ile ya malipo ya majani chai kwa mwezi ya kshs 49.28 kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa yenye ilikuwa juu ikilinganishwa na ile ya mwaka uliotangulia ya kshs 47.77 kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa.Gharama ya utengenezaji katika mwaka ilikuwa sawa na Kshs 17.75. kwa kila kilo moja ya majani mabichi ikilinganishwa na ksh.16.88 kwa kila kilo mwaka uliopita.
MALIPO YA MAJANI CHAI NA MGAO
Kampuni iliweza kulipa malipo kwa wakulima ya Kshs. 655,310,751 kwa majani chai iliyopokewa kiwandani ikilinganishwa na yale ya mwaka uliopita ya shilingi 651,076,637. Kampuni iliweza kulipa malipo ya kwanza kwa kshs.12.00 kwa kila moja ya majani mabichi ambayo ni sawa na ksh. 49.28 kwa kila moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa.
MGAO WA FAIDA
Wakurugenzi walipendekeza malipo ya mgao ya asilimia mbili nukta tano kwa wanahisa wote wa hisa za "B" waliokuwa katika kitabu cha wanahisa cha kampumi mnamo tarehe 30 Juni 2011. Kwa jumla shilingi 2,105,458 zitalipwa kama mgao.
CHANGAMOTO
Mwaka tunaoangazia ulikuwa na changamoto nyingi kama vile shida za kifedha, matumizi ya juu kati ya nyinginezo. Gharama ya utengenezaji imekuwa ikipanda hasa upande wa mapato ya wafanyi kazi, mafuta na stima. Ikiwa tutaendelea hivi, tutakuwa na pigo kubwa zaidi upande wa bei ya mafuta katika siku zijazo. Kufuatia hayo, tunawasihi wakulima wetu watusaidie katika kulisitiza jambo hili na waweze kutuuzia kuni.
Kuna upungufu wa nafasi ya kusiaga chai yetu ikilinganishwa na mazao ya chai ambayo tunapata lakini tunao mpango wa kuilefusha sehemu ya kutandaza majani chai (Withering) katika mwaka huu wa kifedha. Changamoto nyingine ni pamoja na kutegemea zaidi soko za kitamaduni, kutopata matokeo sawa, kukosa msimamo kwa dollar ya marekani ikilinganishwa na shillingi ya Kenya, kuzorota kwa bei ya chai katika soko la kimataifa, sheria mpya zinazoathiri shughuli za kila siku na ushirikiano wa kibiashara, kutokea kwa bidhaa zinazotumika badala ya chai, kuzorota kwa mazingira na upungufu wa mashamba ya upanzi wa majani chai. Ili kuweza kukabiliana na changamoto hizi, Kampuni hii ina mpango wa kuanzisha mradi wa kawi ya maji (hydro power), kuendeshana sawia na mahitaji ya soko, kuanzisha upanzi wa miti yake, kustawisha bidhaa zetu katika soko, na mengineyo.
MAFANIKIO
Kampuni hii bado ina mtazamo bora tukizingatia kwamba Baraza la Wakurugenzi limeelekeza mawazo katika kuleta mabadiliko ya kiteknolojia na imejitolea kuhakikisha kwamba tumepata magari na machine za kisasa ili kurahisisha na kulainisha utendaji kazi.
Katika mwaka uliopita, Kampuni hii ilinunua magari mawili ya kubebea chai na pia Trakta ili kurahisisha uchukuzi wa chai na kuni sawia. Vile vile Generator ya kima cha 650 KVA ilinunuliwa , ikafanyiwa majaribio na ikazinduliwa rasmi.
Kuwekwa kwa sakafu ya kisasa aina ya Epoxy unaendelea. Hii ni ili tuweze kwenda sambamba na kiwango kinachohitajika kimataifa. Sakafu katika eneo la Kutenganisha (Sorting) na kupanga chai (Packing) tayari zimetengenezwa ilhali sehemu zinginezo bado zinasalia. Ili kutimiza viwango vinavyohitajika kimataifa katika kiwanda chochote cha utengenezaji wa chakula, sakafu hizi zitahitaji kuwekwa Epoxy.
Mipango ya kupanua eneo la kutandaza chai bado inaendelea tukizingatia kwamba kwa sasa kiwango cha Majani chai tunachopata na kile tunachotarajia katika siku za usoni ni zaidi ya kilo Millioni 15 kwa mwaka. Eneo litakalopanuliwa la kutandaza chai linaweza patikana kupitia kuongeza jingo hilo upande wa juu ili kupata angalau visehemu 29 zaidi vya kazi hiyo. Sakafu ya juu itakayojiongezea itaweza kutupatia kima cha futi 15,312 mraba na jumla ya nafasi ya kutandazia chai itakua kima cha futi 44,350 mraba ambayo itajumuisha sehemu ya vile visehemu 29 vya kuongezewa juu. Tukifanya marekebisho kidogo tu katika upangaji wetu wa chai katika visehemu hivi iwe kilo 2.5 kwa kila futi, eneo hili linaweza tosha kupokea zaidi ya kilo 110,000 za majani chai zinapokelewa wakati wa majira ya mazao mengi ya chai.
Mabati aina ya Asbestos imetolewa katika sehemu nyingi na bado sehemu hizo zingine zitahitaji pia kutolewa ili kuambatana na mahitaji ya usalama wa chakula.
Mradi wa kutengeneza kawi kupitia maji (Hydro-power) bado unaendelea.
Kutokana na pesa za Cess tutaendelea kulainisha barabara zetu na kuzifanya rahisi kupitika, angalau tuweze kupunguza gharama za utunzaji wa magari yetu na pia tuimarishe usafirishaji wa majani chai.
Katika siku zijazo tunawaomba wakulima wetu watii mpangilio wa Kampuni wa kukodisha chai na Sheria za sehemu wanazouzia chai yao ili kusaidia kampuni katika kupambana na kugandamiza wizi wa chai kabisa.
Tunawasihi wakulima wetu wajaze mapengo ya chai katika mashamba yao na pia wachune chai bora kadiri wawezavyo ili waweze kupata faida itakayotokana na bei nzuri tunazopata sokoni kwa sasa.
SHUKRANI
Kwa niaba ya Baraza la Wakurugenzi, ningetaka kuwatolea shukrani wafanyi kazi wote wa Kampuni, wanahisa na wakulima wote waliopeleka majani mabichi ya chai katika Kampuni kwa kazi yao iliyowezesha Kampuni kufanikiwa katika mwaka tunaoufikiria.
GEOFFREY CHEGE KIRUNDI (MWENYEKITI)

RIPOTI YA MWENYEKITI YA MWAKA ULIOMALIZIKA 30 JUNI 2011
Ningetaka kuwatolea ripoti kuhusu vile Kampuni ilivyofanya katika mwaka ulioisha tarehe 30 Juni, 2011.
MAVUNO YA CHAI
Mavuno ya Chai katika mwaka yalikuwa chini ya yale ya mwaka uliotangulia. Kilo 13,957,736 za majani chai zilipelekwa kutengenezwa na kilo 13,964,608 zikasiagwa katika kiwanda cha Kampuni. Kilo 3,400,784 za chai iliyotengenezwa zilipatikana. Kiasi hiki kilikuwa chini ya kile cha mwaka uliotangulia ambacho kilikuwa kilo 16,096,228 za majani mabichi ya chai na kilo 16,025,369 zikasiagwa. Kilo 3,865,007 za chai zilitengenezwa. Tofauti ya chai mbichi na iliyotengenezwa ikilinganishwa na mwaka uliopita ilikuwa kilo 2,060,761 za majani mabichi na kilo 464,223 za chai iliyotengenezwa. Mapato haya kwa kibadilisho cha 24.35% kwa mia ni sawa na kilo 4.12 za majani mabichi ambayo yanatoa kilo moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa.
BEI YA CHAI
Bei ya chai ilipanda katika mwaka. Bei wastani ya chai iliyopatikana kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyouzwa ilikuwa Kshs 249.26. Bei hii ilikuwa ya juu ikilinganishwa na bei ya mwaka uliotangulia ya Kshs.237.73. Kwa hivyo Kampuni ilikuwa na tofauti katika hizo bei ya Kshs 11.53 kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyouzwa. Bei ya chai iliyotengenezwa na kuuzwa katika mwaka ni sawa na Kshs.60.50 kwa kila kilo moja ya majani mabichi.
GHARAMA YA UTENGENEZAJI
Gharama ya utengenezaji ilipanda katika mwaka na ilikuwa Kshs. 73.15 kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa. Gharama wastani ya mwaka uliotangulia ilikuwa Kshs. 69.97 na kwa hivyo tofauti ikawa Kshs 3.18 kwa wastani kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa.Gharama ya utengenezaji imejumuishwa na ile ya malipo ya majani chai kwa mwezi ya kshs 49.28 kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa yenye ilikuwa juu ikilinganishwa na ile ya mwaka uliotangulia ya kshs 47.77 kwa kila kilo moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa.Gharama ya utengenezaji katika mwaka ilikuwa sawa na Kshs 17.75. kwa kila kilo moja ya majani mabichi ikilinganishwa na ksh.16.88 kwa kila kilo mwaka uliopita.
MALIPO YA MAJANI CHAI NA MGAO
Kampuni iliweza kulipa malipo kwa wakulima ya Kshs. 655,310,751 kwa majani chai iliyopokewa kiwandani ikilinganishwa na yale ya mwaka uliopita ya shilingi 651,076,637. Kampuni iliweza kulipa malipo ya kwanza kwa kshs.12.00 kwa kila moja ya majani mabichi ambayo ni sawa na ksh. 49.28 kwa kila moja ya chai iliyotengenezwa.
MGAO WA FAIDA
Wakurugenzi walipendekeza malipo ya mgao ya asilimia mbili nukta tano kwa wanahisa wote wa hisa za "B" waliokuwa katika kitabu cha wanahisa cha kampumi mnamo tarehe 30 Juni 2011. Kwa jumla shilingi 2,105,458 zitalipwa kama mgao.
CHANGAMOTO
Mwaka tunaoangazia ulikuwa na changamoto nyingi kama vile shida za kifedha, matumizi ya juu kati ya nyinginezo. Gharama ya utengenezaji imekuwa ikipanda hasa upande wa mapato ya wafanyi kazi, mafuta na stima. Ikiwa tutaendelea hivi, tutakuwa na pigo kubwa zaidi upande wa bei ya mafuta katika siku zijazo. Kufuatia hayo, tunawasihi wakulima wetu watusaidie katika kulisitiza jambo hili na waweze kutuuzia kuni.
Kuna upungufu wa nafasi ya kusiaga chai yetu ikilinganishwa na mazao ya chai ambayo tunapata lakini tunao mpango wa kuilefusha sehemu ya kutandaza majani chai (Withering) katika mwaka huu wa kifedha. Changamoto nyingine ni pamoja na kutegemea zaidi soko za kitamaduni, kutopata matokeo sawa, kukosa msimamo kwa dollar ya marekani ikilinganishwa na shillingi ya Kenya, kuzorota kwa bei ya chai katika soko la kimataifa, sheria mpya zinazoathiri shughuli za kila siku na ushirikiano wa kibiashara, kutokea kwa bidhaa zinazotumika badala ya chai, kuzorota kwa mazingira na upungufu wa mashamba ya upanzi wa majani chai. Ili kuweza kukabiliana na changamoto hizi, Kampuni hii ina mpango wa kuanzisha mradi wa kawi ya maji (hydro power), kuendeshana sawia na mahitaji ya soko, kuanzisha upanzi wa miti yake, kustawisha bidhaa zetu katika soko, na mengineyo.
MAFANIKIO
Kampuni hii bado ina mtazamo bora tukizingatia kwamba Baraza la Wakurugenzi limeelekeza mawazo katika kuleta mabadiliko ya kiteknolojia na imejitolea kuhakikisha kwamba tumepata magari na machine za kisasa ili kurahisisha na kulainisha utendaji kazi.
Katika mwaka uliopita, Kampuni hii ilinunua magari mawili ya kubebea chai na pia Trakta ili kurahisisha uchukuzi wa chai na kuni sawia. Vile vile Generator ya kima cha 650 KVA ilinunuliwa , ikafanyiwa majaribio na ikazinduliwa rasmi.
Kuwekwa kwa sakafu ya kisasa aina ya Epoxy unaendelea. Hii ni ili tuweze kwenda sambamba na kiwango kinachohitajika kimataifa. Sakafu katika eneo la Kutenganisha (Sorting) na kupanga chai (Packing) tayari zimetengenezwa ilhali sehemu zinginezo bado zinasalia. Ili kutimiza viwango vinavyohitajika kimataifa katika kiwanda chochote cha utengenezaji wa chakula, sakafu hizi zitahitaji kuwekwa Epoxy.
Mipango ya kupanua eneo la kutandaza chai bado inaendelea tukizingatia kwamba kwa sasa kiwango cha Majani chai tunachopata na kile tunachotarajia katika siku za usoni ni zaidi ya kilo Millioni 15 kwa mwaka. Eneo litakalopanuliwa la kutandaza chai linaweza patikana kupitia kuongeza jingo hilo upande wa juu ili kupata angalau visehemu 29 zaidi vya kazi hiyo. Sakafu ya juu itakayojiongezea itaweza kutupatia kima cha futi 15,312 mraba na jumla ya nafasi ya kutandazia chai itakua kima cha futi 44,350 mraba ambayo itajumuisha sehemu ya vile visehemu 29 vya kuongezewa juu. Tukifanya marekebisho kidogo tu katika upangaji wetu wa chai katika visehemu hivi iwe kilo 2.5 kwa kila futi, eneo hili linaweza tosha kupokea zaidi ya kilo 110,000 za majani chai zinapokelewa wakati wa majira ya mazao mengi ya chai.
Mabati aina ya Asbestos imetolewa katika sehemu nyingi na bado sehemu hizo zingine zitahitaji pia kutolewa ili kuambatana na mahitaji ya usalama wa chakula.
Mradi wa kutengeneza kawi kupitia maji (Hydro-power) bado unaendelea.
Kutokana na pesa za Cess tutaendelea kulainisha barabara zetu na kuzifanya rahisi kupitika, angalau tuweze kupunguza gharama za utunzaji wa magari yetu na pia tuimarishe usafirishaji wa majani chai.
Katika siku zijazo tunawaomba wakulima wetu watii mpangilio wa Kampuni wa kukodisha chai na Sheria za sehemu wanazouzia chai yao ili kusaidia kampuni katika kupambana na kugandamiza wizi wa chai kabisa.
Tunawasihi wakulima wetu wajaze mapengo ya chai katika mashamba yao na pia wachune chai bora kadiri wawezavyo ili waweze kupata faida itakayotokana na bei nzuri tunazopata sokoni kwa sasa.
SHUKRANI
Kwa niaba ya Baraza la Wakurugenzi, ningetaka kuwatolea shukrani wafanyi kazi wote wa Kampuni, wanahisa na wakulima wote waliopeleka majani mabichi ya chai katika Kampuni kwa kazi yao iliyowezesha Kampuni kufanikiwa katika mwaka tunaoufikiria.
GEOFFREY CHEGE KIRUNDI (MWENYEKITI)

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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILTY STATEMENT
Areas that the Company has contributed are: Cash / Tea donations towards famine, roads maintenance – provision of materials / equipment etc, Sponsorships of staff in trainings / seminars, tree planting, cleaning, water provision to community, internship for students, transport for weddings and funerals etc.

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