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Agriculture | Food | Forestry

Agriculture, Food & Forestry is a mainstay of all the economies in which we operate, with the power to generate strong returns, create better quality employment and help alleviate poverty.

60% of the world’s unutilised crop land is in Africa. Highly favourable growing conditions, unique market windows for export, and growing global demand for food and sustainable timber compound the region’s strategic advantage.

 

At present, however, productivity is low and operations remain highly inefficient. This presents us with compelling opportunities to develop large-scale, vertically-integrated agri-businesses.

 

Our Agriculture, Food and Forestry division is run by our subsidiary company, Agris, who focus on reviving distressed commercial plantations and providing expansion capital to well-run horticulture operations. 

Forest Trees

Equatoria Teak Company

85% ownership South Sudan

ETC and sister company Green Environ Teak Company (50% ownership) are South Sudan’s leading sustainable plantation and Africa’s second largest teak grower with 2,000 ha of planted teak. We are the largest private tax payer in Western Equitoria State, which has seen devastating insurgent activity over the past two decades. With trees 12+ years from maturity, we are trialling a variety of other crops with our network of smallholder farmers and investigating prospects for harvesting naturally-occurring tropical hardwoods..

Equatoria Teak Products

85% ownership Kenya

Sourcing sustainable teak from Equitoria Teak Company, ETP offers a wide range of hardwood products such as outdoor and patio furniture, flooring, composite decking, wall cladding, windows and doors. We respect, cherish and invest in environmentally-friendly teak wood goods that meet international standards of quality.

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Evergreen Herbs

100% ownership Kenya

In 2020 we started Evergreen Herbs Limited, a leading grower and exporter of fresh, cut herbs from East Africa. We specialise in providing a broad range of high-quality herbs, throughout the year from our 50 hectare farm in Athi River, near Nairobi.

Rungwe Avocado Company

92% ownership Tanzania

Rungwe Avocados, subsidiary of leading Tanzanian plantation company TATEPA, is the second largest producers of avocados in Tanzania. We have an extensive network of outgrower farmers, whom we support with training, extension services and links to the premium-priced export market.

Wakulima Tea Company

70% ownership

Wakulima is the tea business of leading Tanzanian plantation company TATEPA, Tanzania’s third largest tea producer in Tanzania and Maris’ biggest employer with 1000 employees. We operate a 308ha plantation but source the majority of our tea from a network of over 12,000 outgrower smallholder farmers, who own 30% of the business and are also provided with extensive technical, financial and community support.

 
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