Kawambwa Tea Company scouts for K6m for full ops


Kawambwa Tea Company (KTC) is scouting for K6 million to revamp its operations, says, general manager John Bunda.

Mr Bunda said KTC was facing a lot of challenges to meet full production, hence the scouting of the K6 million.

He said this when Japanese ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma visited the tea company recently.

Mr Bunda said the Zimbabwean investor abandoned the company  and went away with most of the machinery.

He also said  that lack of operational capital had contributed to non-payment of salaries and wages resulting into low labour turnout and failure to achieve the targets.

The general manager noted that due to lack of operational capital the company has failed to cultivate the remaining 153 hectares of land, pay creditors and retirees and buy fertilizers, herbicides and protective clothing.

Mr Bunda further said despite the various challenges the tea company has been facing, it has  managed to prune 270 hectares  tea fields out of the total area of 423 hectares and cut 3,000 cubic meters of firewood for drying tea.

He  pointed out that it was for the above reasons that he was appealing to the Japanese ambassador to Zambia to come in and help solve the problems.

However, Mr Bunda said the future of KTC was still healthy, bright and able to create more than 800 jobs and compete at both local and international markets.

He revealed that KTC expected to produce one million kilogrammes of tea next year if it was helped with the capital.

He told Ambassador Koinuma that KTC’s challenges required urgent attention for the survival of  the company, employees and surrounding communities.-ZANIS