We have just received an update from our trusty tea-m in Africa, who are travelling some of our tea estates to find out more about how they operate and how we can get more involved in Fairtrade projects:
“Today we visited Ndima factory which produces a range of black teas for Clipper. Unfortunately we could not see any of the production as there was no leaf plucking on the day we visited. However we did manage to have a good look around the factory. Using our imagination we could at least picture waterfalls of fresh tea leaf being crushed, teared and curled, by this magical machinery.
We also visited a fantastic project covered by Fairtrade premiums; a fishpond and stock of Tilapia fish. Which when mature can be fished and sold, providing the locals with additional and sustainable income.
We also visited Kangaita estate; some of their land is managed directly by the factory making it an attractive option for local development projects and there were a few of interest to Clipper which were discussed. Watch this space.”