Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation Board of Directors this week successfully completed a field visit to the East of Rift buffer zones in a routine inspection and familiarization tour of the operations on the ground. Led by the Board Chairperson Madam Hellen Nangithia and Managing Director, the team visited Kiambu andMuranga zones that protect the Aberdare Forest, and crossed over to Mathira, Kirinyaga and Embu zones that have buffered Mt. Kenya Forest.
During the visit, the Board interacted with the field staff as they appreciated the conservation efforts and acknowledged various challenges wrought by the changing climatic conditions mainly the prolonged dry weather conditions which greatly affected buffer-zone operations.
In Kirinyaga, the delegation visited the Gatitu Factory/Nyaru Community Water intake site funded by the Corporation and the Gatitu tree and tea nursery for a demonstration of propagation of VPs and tree seedlings.
The Board later toured the bamboo plantation in Embu zone and commended the management for innovative preservation of the ecologically fragile areas.
The Board’s field visit was crowned with a guided tour of the tea manufacturing process, tree planting and a thanksgiving ceremony to commemorate the 1st Anniversary since the commissioning of Gatitu Tea Factory in 2022