Rwandan companies have won five awards at a regional meeting of tea stakeholders underway in Kampala, Uganda.
Rwanda also produced the winner of the overall award at the 4th African Tea Convention.
The convention was organised by the East African Tea Traders Association and attracted over participants from mainly across Africa.
The meeting was opened by Uganda Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda on Wednesday.
The awards winning firms include Rwanda Mountain Tea (overall winner), Kitabi BP 1, Nyabihu PF1, Gisovu PD, and Kitabi D1.
The companies were recognised for their “best quality tea” having stood out in an East African tea tasting competition.
Rwandan tea is traded on the Mombasa tea auction market and has continuously outperformed other regional teas during auctions, fetching as high as US$5 a kilogramme.
It now stands 20 per cent on average above Kenyan tea, the nearest competitor in terms of quality on the regional market, according to Amb. Bill Kayonga, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB).
“In general, our tea is very well sought after on the market.
Kenya is are by far ahead of us in terms of volumes but our tea is better than theirs in terms of quality,” Kayonga told The New Times on Thursday.
This year NAEB targets to increase revenues from tea exports to $102 million from $90 million collected in 2018.
Tea export volumes are projected at 31, 500 metric tonnes by the end of the year.
Participants at the forum discussed developments in the tea value chain, including factors affecting tea farmers and other key players.