Friday, 26 February 2016

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2016: JOIN US AND MEET FAIRTRADE TEA PRODUCER PATRICK IN LEIGH-ON-SEA


JOIN US: MEET FAIRTRADE TEA PRODUCER PATRICK

Where: OASIS THE COFFEE HOUSE,189 LEIGH ROAD, LEIGH-ON-SEA SS9 1JE
When: FRIDAY 4 MARCH 2016, 3-4 PM

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 we are very excited to be bringing Fairtrade Tea Producer Patrick Kaberia Muthaura from Kenya to Oasis The Coffee House, Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea.

Patrick of the Michimikuru Tea Company will give a short presntation on the difference Fairtrade makes to him and his family and community. There will also be time to aks questions and chat with others form the Fairtrade Foundation in the comfortable surroundings of the Lounge at Oasis The Coffee House.

All are welcome, please share this event. Space is limited so it will be a first come first served affair due to space.

Introduction...
Patrick Kaberia Muthaura has been farming tea for 24 years, ever since he left school, but his relationship with tea goes back further still. Growing up in the Nyambene hills, near Mount Kenya, Patrick’s father was an employee of the then Nyambene Tea Company, which previously owned Michimikuru tea estate and factory until both were bought by small scale farmers to create the Michimikuru Tea Company.

Patrick, who is married with three children aged 10, 6 and 3, has a two acre tea farm of his own, and has held various positions at Michimikuru giving him a wide knowledge of tea and the company operations. He is currently employed as a Tea Extension Assistant in the Field Services Department, which advises farmers on how to improve their farm practices, and how to grow and handle tea.
Patrick has also been elected to represent workers on the Fairtrade Premium committee for Michimikuru, as well as acting as Chairman of a Workers’ Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO), and elected trustee of a pension fund for staff of the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) who are contracted to provide management and secretarial support to Michimikuru Tea Company.

Michimikuru Tea Company...
Michimikuru Tea Company was established and began operating in 1964. The factory was established by Eastern Produce Kenya Limited (EPK) in the early 1960s under the name Nyambene Tea Company limited with its own farm of 260 hectares called Michimikuru Tea Estate. The factory also used to buy some green tea leaves from small scale farmers in the area. The factory and the estate were bought from EPK by the small scale tea farmers in 1994, and the estate, leaf base and factory merged under the name Michimikuru Tea Company Limited. The Kenya Tea Development Agency KTDA has been contracted to give management and secretarial services through a team of management staff posted to the company.