Arda to expand Katiyo Tea Estates – Zimbabwe

The Agriculture and Rural Development Authority (Arda) intends to expand Katiyo Tea Estates by an additional 300ha as it targets to re-start the factory in the medium term. Arda is currently utilising only 200ha of the estate in partnership with Eastern Highlands Tea.
Arda chairman Basil Nyabadza says: “ The plan is to re-start the factory and we are working to expand the estate by 300ha to have sufficient volumes to revive the factory.”.
Katiyo Tea was one of the most popular brands on the local market before the company closed down in 2012 due to low volumes. Nyabadza says Arda was pursuing a joint venture for the revival, adding that the company was also looking for partners to revive Gairezi Estate for timber and seed potato production. Arda is currently also looking for an investor for its cattle ranch in Masvingo and macadamia nuts plantations in Chipinge.
Nyabadza added: “Arda is in negotiations with Cottco Holdings to revive estates in Sanyati, Muzarabani
and Mushumbi Pools. We remain guided by the need to produce. Zimbabwe is now surrounded by weaker currencies and people are now looking at us as an attractive destination for their products,meaning that we should increase production.”
Since dollarisation, Arda has invested about US$575m (R7,6bn) in various projects through public, private
partnerships. Some of the major projects have been implemented this year, resulting in more than 10 estates being either revived or expanded, Nyabadza said – The Herald