Through the environmental policy and partnering with Rain Forest Alliance, the Company has made sure all tea operations are sustainable, natural resources are conserved, energy consumption is reduced, and that we come out as a profitable tea business. To that effect, we keep track of our riparian strips, water sources, and strive towards reducing our environmental impact on the planet for a greener tomorrow.
We successfully initiated the zero waste to land fill program using an integrated waste management program. All waste in villages and workplace is segregated. Plastics waste is collected by a third- party contractor who are a quality waste management partner. This has minimized our environmental impact to ensure that both our economy and our environment can thrive.
In 2022, we started an initiative to plant more indigenous trees in our riparian areas. We planted 2,000 seedlings. The target for 2023 is to plant 7,000 seedlings and manage them to maturity.
We are maintaining biodiversity through planting different tea clones, applying integrated pest and disease management and planting drought/pest resistant varieties.
Soil Conservation and Sustainability
All our riparian areas are covered by indigenous forests that are conserved; no hunting of animals and felling of trees is allowed in these areas. We have created micro catchments, terraces and planted Agapanthus on tea field edges to hold rainwater and prevent soil erosion. We improve soil fertility by integrating bush trashes from pruning to supply nutrients after decomposing.
We have eliminated use of herbicides in all our operations as a measure to protect and conserve the environment.