Madhvani Tea is a division of Kakira Sugar Works and comprises two estates, Mwera Tea Estate and Nakigalala Tea Estate.
Madhvani Tea produces in excess of one million kilograms of made tea per year, all of which is currently exported. The Group is undertaking an expansion programme to double this annual output volume in the next five years.
Mwera Tea Estate
Mwera Tea Estate is situated 70km from Kampala, 12km off the Kampala-Mityana Road. It has a total land area of 403 hectares of which 313 hectares is presently under production after extensive rehabilitation. The estate employs 540 people.
A modernisation and extension programme for the tea factory has recently been implemented thereby increasing production capacity by more than 70% - enabling an intake of upto 40,000 kgs of green leaf per day. New machinery includes Jumbo Withering Troughs, a state-of-the-art CTC (Crush-Tear-Curl) line, a Continuous Fermenting Machine, a new dryer, a winnower, a wood fired air heater and various sorting and grading machines to name a few. To accommodate all the new machinery the factory building has also been extended.
Future plans include not only increasing the productive area under tea but also encouraging local outgrowers to increase their supply to the factory.
The estate also boasts a new primary school which provides education to students from nearby villages as well as the children of estate employees.
Nakigalala Tea Estate
The Group’s second tea estate is situated 15 kms from Kampala on the road to Entebbe. The total area available for tea cultivation is 508 hectares out of which 190 hectares is presently under tea. A substantial part of this has been rehabilitated and brought under production in recent years. A tea nursery has recently been started in Nakigalala Estate to cater for the planting needs of both Mwera and Nakigalala. The estate employs 360 people and supplies green leaf to the Group’s processing plant at Mwera Tea Estate.
Kajjansi Roses Ltd.
Kajjansi Roses is an 8.7 ha flower farm at Kajjansi, about 30 km from Entebbe International Airport. This Company was established in 1998 to grow and export rose flowers to European markets.
The farm grows and exports over 19 Million Rose stems per year in a range of varieties such as Red Calypso (Red), Tropical Amazon and Chelsea(Orange), Dekora(Pink),Viva (Yellow) and Akito (White).
Chrysanthemums Uganda Ltd.
This company commissioned a state–of–the–art facility in 2008 with an area of 3.0 ha under steel greenhouses. This farm is the first of its kind in Uganda to grow and export Chrysanthemums flowers to Europe. The farm grows and exports different varieties such as Arctic Queen, Arctic Pink, Arctic Orange, Ibis White, Ibis Sunny, Ibis Pearl, Ibis Lime, and Marabou.