Organic exports of Lemongrass herbal
teas and Rosemary essential oils from
Toro Mityana Tea Company (TAMTECO) is a
company whose core business is to produce and
export tea. The production of fragrant herbs and
essential oils is a secondary enterprise aimed at
diversifying the company’s business. The production
sites are in Mityana and Kabarole districts, in the
central and western parts of Uganda.
The major objectives of the fragrant herbs project
are; processing lemon grass for herbal teas
and distillation of rosemary and second grade
lemongrass for essential oils. Production is at two
levels, at the estates and at out grower level.
Lemongrass and rosemary are produced under
natural conditions. The climatic conditions in the
project area favour the production of both crops
with negligible pest and disease problems.
Lemongrass is harvested 4 times per year. The
grass is dried in a controlled environment and only
the superior quality is exported as tea. Grass that
does not meet the best standards is used for the
distillation of lemon grass essential oil.
Rosemary oil production is only expected in the last
project year, as rosemary is a relatively new crop
for many farmers and is yet to come to full maturity
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