Mr Andy Brown visits Rwanda

On 7th September 2012, the Taylors of Harrogate officials visited Rwanda with the objective of strengthening the already long time relationships in the tea industry. The Managing Director of Taylors of Harrogate Mr Andy Brown paid a courtesy call to the Hon Minister of Agriculture and Animal resources Dr. Agnes Kalibatta .

Taylors of Harrogate is a family based company in the UK that sources tea and coffee and packs and distributes this in the UK.

Specifically they import Rwandan Excellent tea from Gisovu, Kitabi and Mata and blend it with other origin teas to make a perfect blend that has a consistent taste and flavour.

About 1 200 000 kgs of dry made tea is exported to the Taylors of Harrogate from Rwanda fetching about 5 000 000 dollars per year.

Mr Andy assured the Minister that the company is going to increase the quantities of imported tea from Rwanda but will in addition also import the good quality coffee to the United Kingdom as the demand for coffee is also increasing.

Hon Minister Agnes Kalibata assured the Managing Director Mr Andy Brown that the government of Rwanda is doing everything possible to increase the production of good quality tea from Rwanda by expanding area grown with tea and partnering with the private sector to construct more tea processing factories.

The Hon Minister cited two new tea factories of Mushubi in Nyamagabe District and Karongi tea factory in Karongi district which will start processing tea this year.

Rwanda has Excellent physical conditions enabling the production of high quality tea with unparallel aroma and natural flavours

The National Agriculture Export development Board ( NAEB) is working in partnership with Taylors of Harrogate, the Management of Rwanda Mountain Tea, and Pfunda tea company, Rain forest Alliance to secure fair trade certification, a desirable tool that increases the visibility of Rwandan tea in the markets.

Taylors of Harrogate has co invested in a three year project match-funded by the UK Government’s Food and Retail Industry Challenge Fund (FRICH), which has helped improve tea quality and livelihoods for 10,000 tea growers and their families. The environment has also been protected through tree planting, recycling and wetlands projects.