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Friday, 18 May 2012

Kenyan Farms Blog; 
18th May 2012

This is the first of what will be regular blogs and updates from the four Kenyan farms; Changoi, Kaimosi, Kapchorua and Tinderet.

Kenyan Tea production has had a turbulent start to 2012 with severe weather causing havoc to tea production.  Severe frost resulted in a significant loss of crop throughout much of Kericho and this was followed by a persistent dry weather spell that long out lasted what would be considered the normal dry period. Despite this all the farms remain optimistic and with the rains having broken over the last few weeks production and crop levels are beginning to return to normal.

As ever though whilst production may have been affected the farms are never standing still. Investments have been made to ensure the continuous production of high quality teas. Kaimosi has built a new bridge in the Bonjoge/Kapkaben zones to reduce the time taken for green to leaf arrive in the factory and ensure good leaf quality. Whilst Changoi has purchased new generators and re-routed the main power lines to the factory to ensure continuous power supply and prevent interruptions in production. Renovations have also been made to existing renewable energy sources such as the hydrum water ways and projects are underway to improve energy efficiency throughout the farms.