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Unilever to Invest $50 mln in Tea Factory in Rwanda

May 10 Unilever Plc’s -Rwandan subsidiary plans to invest up to $50 million to set up a tea processing factory, develop two tea estates and support small-scale producers in the African country, it said on Tuesday.

Tony Nsanganira, Rwanda’s state minister for agriculture.

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods maker Unilever, which owns the Lipton tea brand, set up a subsidiary in Rwanda in 2014.

Unilever Rwanda said in a statement that the investment would involve developing 4,000 acres of tea plantations and aimed to create 2,000 jobs.

A worker in a tea factory in Western Province of Rwanda.Tea is one of Rwanda’s main agricultural exports besides coffee.

Tony Nsanganira, Rwandan state minister for agriculture, told reporters separately that the factory should be completed within five years and would have an annual production capacity of 6,000 tonnes of tea.

Nsanganira said Rwanda produced 25,700 tonnes of tea in 2015, earning around $72 million.

By Robert Muriisa.

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