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Tea Farmers in Rwanda

There are different forms of tea farmer organizations functioning in Rwanda. Recent statistics show that there are 13 established tea farmer organizations presently in active operations. The total membership of these organizations is 30 334. These organizations command a total land area of 8 600 ha.

The first organization was formed in 1964 in Rushaki-Bungwe and Umugi wa Byumba districts in the Byumba province. It has been named Coopthe Mulindi with 1 000 members. This cooperative was set up initially to supply the scared labour for the estate and later with development of smallholder tea it was reorganized to supply green leaf to Mulindi factory.

Coopthe Mulindi has been registered in 1996. Though it was initially supported by OCIR-Thé, it is self managing since 1997. The members have 867 ha of tea area.

The two most recent tea smallholder organizations are Cothenya in Nyaruguru-Nyakizu district in Gikongoro province supplying green leaf to Mata factory and ATP in Kanama-Nyamyumba district in Gisenyi province which supply green leaf to Pfunda factory.

Both these organizations are not yet registered but are self-managing since January 2003. The former has a membership of 1 580 with a total farming area of 361 ha, while the later has 2 563 members with a land area of 786.

 

 

TEA ACTORS:

Tea Factories and collaborative Tea cooperatives.

 

FACTORY

CO-OPERATIVES

COOPERATIVE MEMBERS

LOCATION/DISTRICT

Mulindi Tea Factory

Coopthe Mulindi

1,000

GICUMBI

 

Cothevm

3,940

GICUMBI

 

 

 

 

Shagasha Tea Factory

Coopthe Shagasha

832

RUSIZI

 

Umacyagi

4,614

RUSIZI

 

 

 

 

Nyabihu Tea Factory

Coopthega

179

NYAMASHEKE

 

 

 

 

Rubaya Tea Factory

Cootragagi

1,280

NGORORERO

 

 

 

 

Kitabi Tea Factory

Kobacyamu

4,725

NYAMAGABE

 

 

 

 

Mata Tea Factory

Coothenya

1,829

NYARUGURU

 

 

 

 

Gisakura Tea Factory

Coopthe Gisakura

697

NYAMASHEKE

 

Coothevigi

1,225

NYAMASHEKE

 

 

 

 

Nshili Kivu Tea Factory

Coothenk

2,560

NYARUGURU

 

 

 

 

Gisovu Tea Factory

Coothegim

3,810

KARONGI

 

 

 

 

Pfunda Tea Factory

Cootp

1,929

RUBAVU

 

 

 

 

Sorwathe Tea Factory

Assopthe

4,557

RULINDO

 

 

 

 

Karongi Tea Factory

Katecogro

2,860

KARONGI

 

 

 

 

Mushubi Tea Factory

Cothegab

996

NYAMAGABE

Rutsiro Tea Factory

Rutegroc

2,078

RUTSIRO

 

 

 

 

Gatare Tea Project

Cothega

3,108

NYABIHU

 

 

 

 

Muganza Tea Factory

Coothemuki

2,560

NYARUGURU


UNION OF TEA COOPERATIVES:

FERWACOTHE

Kigali  

KICUKIRO

 

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