Tea Association of Malawi
Founded in 1934, the Tea Association of Malawi Limited (TAML) is one of the oldest organisations in Malawi. TAML was established with the aim of representing the entire tea industry both nationally and internationally on matters of interest to tea growers and producers. The association dates back to before Malawi received its independence in 1964. Before that date the Nyasaland Tea Research Association body founded with research as its main objective, had been in existence for about five years. The TAML meets regularly and delegates specialized work to appointed committees. The association also maintains close links with the Tea and Merchants Association, a sister organisation on the trading side to buy and sell teas on local auctions on behalf of the overseas principals. Members of the tea association are from time to time also invited by the association to be represented at joint meetings or committee meetings whenever a common interest occurs. Malawi is the second largest tea producer in Africa, second only to Kenya. It is estimated that the nation supplies approximately 10 percent of tea produced on the African continent. Malawi was the first country in Africa to grow tea on a commercial scale and has been producing tea for well over a century.
Rwanda Tea Authority
Tea growing was introduced in Rwanda as an industrial crop and purely for export purposes to generate foreign income as early as 1960. Black tea manufacturing followed in 1965 at Mulindi tea factory in the Northern Province. Since then the tea sector has become the most important source export earning after the coffee market plunged in recent years. Tea is now number one export earner ; contributing up to 34% of the total national exports.
Today, the tea sector in Rwanda consists of six state owned production units, i.e Gisovu, Kitabi, Mata, Mulindi, Shagasha, Gisakura and four private owned production units, i.e Cyohoha (SORWATHE), Pfunda (Pfunda Tea Company),Nyabihu and Rubaya ( Rwanda Mountain tea). Nshili-Kivu is another private owned production unity with a factory still under construction.
The current tea sector consists of 10 tea factories, 8 government owned plantations known as Blocs Industries (BI), 3 tea cooperatives known as Coopthés and 11 tea small holders associations known as Thé Village is spread in the country as indicated in the table below, Structure and distribution of tea production units.
The total planted area is 12,862 hectares. The factories installed capacity is 15,500 tones of made tea per annum. The tea sector provides employment to 52,838 people, tea farmers and workers together.
Tea Association of Tanzania
The Tea Association of Tanzania was formed out of The Tanganyika Tea Growers Association (TTGA) which was established in 1940s by large scale tea producers to promote the common interests of the plantation sub-sector members in the cultivation and manufacture of tea, and to promote good industrial relations and sound wage policies for their workers. In 1988 the TTGA merged with the Tanzania Tea Producers Association (TTPO) to form The Tea Association of Tanzania (TAT). This change was partly necessary so that it could accommodate the Blending sub sector of the Industry and the Tea Authority.In 1996 TAT spearheaded the establishment of The Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT) which was the first private research institute to be set in Tanzania.
Uganda Tea Association
Uganda Tea Association (UTA) is the umbrella body of 95% of tea farmers and processors both small and big in Uganda. UTA was formed in 1948 as a voluntary Association of Tea Producers to meet and discuss common problems affecting the tea industry and find solutions. The Association continued to be active throughout the period of Uganda’s history; except for the period from1973 till 1983 when it remained dormant.
The Association also carries out lobbying against emerging issues or likely to emerge and affect the industry negatively and vise-versa. It encourages the promotion of fair conditions of employment within the industry, promotes better industrial relations, occupational health and safety standards, collecting and circulating information on tea industry. UTA cooperates with National and International organizations in matters related to planting, manufacturing, packaging of tea and the tea industry in Uganda in general.