Currently, Jilanjo provides tea haulage facilities to one of the leading tea processors in the country – Wakulima Tea Company(WATCO). Based in the Tukuyu district of Mbeya region, this project involves the collection of green tea leaf from smallholder farmers and estates within a radius of 68 kilometres, and delivery to one of the two factories owned by WATCO for processing. The annual green leaf crop has been increasing steadily from year to year and it is estimated that production has increased from an initial 12 million kilograms of green leaf to 22 million kilograms.
Despite poor roads in the area and heavy rainfall nearly all year round, Jilanjo has been able to effectively carry out this project with its fleet of trucks and tractors. The success of this project is a result of management commitment from Jilanjo’s part, and effective communication between all the various stakeholders.