In order to ensure environmental sustainability, all Sasini Tea and coffee operations are compliant with the requirements of the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) in Kenya. The Company maintains over 700 hectares of forests in its Tea operations and we continue to undertake a sustained forestation programme every year in water catchment areas and these areas serve as the source of spring water and streams for use on the farms.
In addition to the Eucalyptus forests, we maintain 35 Hectares of indigenous forests which is home to various birds and wildlife such as porcupines, vervet monkeys, aardvarks and civet cats. These environmental conservation activities were critical to our Rain Forest Alliance certification program. All the estates obtain In its coffee operations, both exotic and indigenous forests have been introduced in order to improve our immediate environment and create a source of timber and fuel.
Every coffee estate has maintained between 5 – 13% of its land under forest and 2 – 10% under grass for mulch. About 5 – 10% is set aside for kitchen gardens for our members of staff. We have established tree nurseries in the coffee estates for ongoing re-forestation. In our Mount Kenya region based Mweiga Estate, we have established the single largest tree nursery for the ongoing extensive re-forestation exercise for the expansive Aberdare Mountain Range National Park. The Company has also established water reservoirs and introduced fish for recreational fishing as well as a food source for the staff members based in Mweiga estate.