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Cha De Magoma, S. A.

The company is incorporated and based in the Zambezia province of Mozambique. The company was bought from the Portuguese JFS group on January 1, 2006 by way of a 100% equity take-over through a cash transaction. The company’s primary function is tea production but it is looking to diversify into other agriculture and logistics based ventures in Mozambique.

Mozambique is a poor country but it is developing at a faster rate than its South- Eastern Africa neighbors. Since 2005, business interest in the country has been at a frenzied pace. Growth in the country has been spectacular especially after it became a full member of the South African Development Community (SADC).

 

Mozambique was colonized by the Portuguese in 1505 and only gained independence in 1975. Soon after independence, it suffered a long, bitter and devastating civil war from 1977 to 1992. This was due to fighting between the two large political parties - the Marxist FRELIMO RENAMO. The country enacted a constitution in 1990 and since has had three general elections with the re-branded, investment friendly FRELIMO part retaining power in the recent 2009 elections.

The company has its tea fields and factories in a valley just east of the southern tip of the African Rift Valley at an elevation of 850 mts. The estate is located 40 kms from Gurue town and is spread over 6,000 hectares of fertile land. The estate also has its own forest, land earmarked for expansion and cultivation. The company also has a warehousing and a logistics office in Nacala – the deepest port on the east coast of Africa. This port services land locked Malawi and Northern Mozambique. The company also generats its own electricity through water fed turbines and manages its own 500 hectares of forest for supply of captive fuel to its factories.

The tea estate has three sections (Monte Branco, Cha Luso and Maulacala) with tea planted in the are of 2,000 hectares. In the year 2011 clond modified varieties of tea will be planted but the majority of the tea bushes are an equal combination of Assam and Chinary Jat seedlings. The company has two factories capable processing 100,000 kgs. of green leaf a day.

The larger of the factories – Monte Branco is a green field project and was commissioned in 2007. The factory has two lines of CTC production with state of the art machinery including leaf conveyers, Continuous Fermenting Machines, Vibro-fluid Bed Driers, Vibro sorters and automated packing machines. The smaller of the two factories – Cha Luso has one CTC line and was refurbished in 2008. It uses the trolley fermenting method and has conventional drying facilities. The tea produced is mainly black CTC tea for export but recently the company is experimenting with green tea and orthodox tea production. Machinery for these two alternate methods of production was commissioned in the Cha Luso factory in 2009.

Tea produced by the company is regarded as Mozambique’s best and the consistency of quality is appreciated by our clients in Europe, America and the Middle East. The company sells the majority of its teas privately but also on occasions sends teas to the Mombassa auction. The company is a producer member of the East African Tea Trade Association and is applying for various other international accreditations including organic certification.

 
 

Cha de Zambezia, Lda

This company was acquired from IGEPE, Government of Mozambique in 2006 by way of privatization. The company is a sister concern of Cha De Magoma and currently supplies tea leaves for the Monte Branco and Cha Luso factories of Cha De Magoma. The company is a relatively small tea estate situated on the border of the town of Gurue, Zambezia, Mozambique. The entire estate is spread over an area of approximately 1,200 hectares of which around 500 hectares is under tea plantation. The rest of the estate has a managed eucalyptus forest area. Plans to refurbish the factory at Cha Zambezia as a specialty, organic factory producing flavored and exotic teas are slated for the year 2011-2012.

 
 

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