RTC is fully owned by Rwanda Tea Investments Limited, a joint venture of Luxmi Tea and The Wood Foundation Africa. It will operate a tea processing factory and greenfield development at the site.
More than 10,000 smallholder tea farmers will supply the factory from 4000Has. There is also a 400Has industrial block.
The factory will eventually produce 6000 to 8000 tonnes of made tea per annum, making it one of the largest tea operations in Rwanda.
The Rugabano development will have a transformational impact on the villagers living in the western province of Rwanda through job creation, enhanced incomes, infrastructure development, and foreign exchange.
David Knopp, Director of Africa at The Wood Foundation, said:
“This is a landmark moment for the tea industry in Rwanda. Rugabano will be the largest smallholder development in the country.
“Our venture philanthropic focus is on the smallholder farmer, equipping them with the skills, tools, markets, support and opportunities to produce a high-quality product which will secure a premium price.”