Sasini PLC is a public quoted Company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange with over 6,000 shareholders, majority of whom are Kenyans.
The principal activities of this Company, which straddle the breadth of Kenya, are the growing and processing of Tea, Coffee, Avocado and Macadamia nuts, dairy operations and value addition of the related products for local retail and export markets, including tea warehousing facilities in the port town of Mombasa.
Our tea operations include growing, processing, warehousing and marketing of bulk tea through the Mombasa auction and through direct sales to customers overseas. About 99% of the produce is exported to United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East Countries. Our Tea farms are located in the Highlands West of the Rift Valley in Sotik.
Our tea farms are located in the highlands West of the Rift Valley in Sotik and Nyamira areas.
The operations comprise four large tea estates covering 1,463 hectares and two CTC tea factories (Kipkebe and Keritor) with a combined capacity of between 12,000 and 15,000 MT of black CTC tea annually. Green leaf to the factories is supplied from our own farms and from selected out growers in the region. Out growers contribute about 40% of our green leaf intake.
As part of the continuing diversification initiatives, also informed by our concern for health and coupled by our drive to nourish the world, macadamia nuts processing was introduced in an export processing zone within our own farm in Kiambu County in Central Highlands of Kenya near Nairobi.
This line of business is run by our subsidiary Sasini Fruits & Nuts EPZ Kenya Limited.
The venturing into Macadamia business was mainly to align our unwritten mantra – ‘nourishing our world’, with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.
The mature nuts in shell in their unprocessed form are sourced from other well managed and controlled farms within the region. The company has also intercropped macadamia trees with the coffee trees within our vast estates to sustain future production and supplies.
Our coffee operations include coffee growing and forestry. Coffee is grown on six independent estates in the Central Highland of Kenya covering a total of 775 Hectares (1,915 acres) under coffee. Collectively, the plantations have a capacity to produce an average of 1200MT of coffee annually.
The coffee plantations are specifically situated in Kiambu County near Nairobi and Nyeri on the foothills of Mount Kenya. The coffee comprising 90% is exported directly to overseas roasters and trade houses across Europe, Asia and America while the balance is offloaded through the Nairobi Coffee Exchange.
We have maintained traditional coffee varieties including SL. 28, French mission, K7, Blue Mountain, grafted Ruiru 11 and Geisha. Each estate has its own pulping and wet processing facility. The mill is able to mill our own coffees including other farmers’ coffees. The mill has a daily capacity to produce 3,200 bags of green coffee. This constitutes about 20% of Kenya’s total coffee production.
Sasini PLC maintains a herd of Holstein Friesian cattle in its Mweiga Farm. Ongoing improvements in this herd since 1965 has resulted in high quality dairy cattle that have regularly maintained the number one position at both the regional agricultural shows and Nairobi International Trade Fair for the Friesian competitions. The herd is penned in a modern free stall zero grazing unit.
As part of business strategic development and diversification, the need to further address the issue of health concerns and increasing cases of lifestyle diseases globally, was topmost in our list of priorities.
And how would we do this? Being an agricultural company with a rich heritage and grounding in crop husbandry, we needed to identify a crop which would offer health benefits to the consumers and Avocado was an easy pick from a range of other crops to supplement the core businesses of tea and coffee, which are also health beverages, given that avocados do well in most of our Kenyan Climate.
The venturing into Avocado business was mainly to align our unwritten mantra – ‘nourishing our world’, with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.
The Avocado line of business is run by our subsidiary, Sasini Avocado Ltd, a bona fide licensee of the Agriculture and Food Authority Horticultural Crop Directorate, which started exporting avocados in 2017. From 2017 to-date we export avocados from our contracted growers.
For more detailed information about SASINI PLC, visit http://www.sasini.co.ke/