Back in 2015 one of the leading Plantation Management companies in the world decided to expand its operations in the East Africa Region and to invest heavily in sustainable green projects.
APC Group with almost twenty years of proven success records in sustainable plantation management in Asia, Europe and America started its first operations in Africa back in 2015. The group incorporated Africa Plantation Capital as the legal entity representing its interests in the region.
APC group is successfully managing 173 plantations in Thailand, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, USA and currently in Kenya. It is also operating several nurseries, processing facilities and distilleries in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Having been awarded severally, APC group started its first plantation in Kenya almost three years ago. For the East Africa Region, the group wanted to create sustainable plantations in at least three countries.
Africa Plantation Capital, as the legal entity representing the group in the region is already operating in Kenya and Uganda. The target is to have a minimum of 5000 acres under management in the first five years of operations which means over 700,000 bamboos under management. In order to achieve this goal, APC is establishing state of the art multiplication centers and nurseries securing high quality seedlings.
In the East Africa region, Africa Plantation Capital is now operating four multiplication nursery facilities in the coast and one more is coming up in Kiserian. A similar facility is now under construction in Entebbe, Uganda which will cover the needs of Africa Plantation Capital in Uganda.
APC group has a vast plantation management experience and although the company’s prime crop is Agarwood it also grows Teak, Bananas, Chilies, Maize, Patchouli, Vetiver amongst others.
The company decided to seriously focus and invest in the Bamboo Plantations and research in end products processing. The company has committed itself to invest several million dollars in the bamboo industry, in plantations, process facilities as well as research for better end products but also to achieve better production yields.
Following its commitment to provide top of the range quality services, Africa Plantation Capital is operating under UKAS standards, implementing a fully integrated QMS system approved by Bureau Veritas. Africa Plantation Capital got its ISO 9001:2015 certification by Bureau Veritas for “Quality Plantation Management “ in 2017, has already been audited/reapproved to continue its high quality plantation management services under the same certification and standards for 2018.
Africa Plantation Capital won the ‘’New Business of the Year “ award for 2016 by the Kenya
National Chamber of Commerce and Industry for its first year of official operations in the country and the “Best Agribusiness Company “ award for 2017 from KNCCI as a proof of the continuous high standard of services that the company is providing in the region.
Apart from its own plantations, the company is also managing over 400 projects in the region both for the private and public sector.
Africa plantation Capital is now ready to proceed to the next level which is the setting up of processing facilities for end products in the region. In Kiserian, its first bamboo tea production facility in Kenya is almost complete. The company is also setting up a new facility for bamboo charcoal tablet. The company recently got approvals for the processing facility unit one in Kilifi. APC is at the final stages in finalizing a merger with a bamboo bicycle company in Uganda in order to start producing bamboo bikes in the region.
Africa Plantation Capital is closely working with some of the largest companies in the region to set up facilities for pulping as well as to introduce bamboo as an alternative ecofriendly source of producing electricity.
The key to success is Africa Plantation Capital’s award-winning plantation management team as well as a fully integrated business plan based on large-scale biomass production and local processing for the local market and exports.
Following the plantation set up model of APC group; all plantations are fully irrigated and managed. All APC projects are NEMA licensed and always following the relevant environmental impact assessment, respecting the environment and the local community needs.
As per the company’s regional C.E.O. Mr. Kioleoglou Kosta, the company is not compromising when it comes to quality, sustainability and respecting the environment. “We are looking in the long-term benefits of sustainable projects which will create profits for many years to come. Our biggest asset is our human resources, the support we have from our group’s operations and market network in 18 countries around the world. We need to create state of the art plantations, produce high quality and maximum quantities, process and APC group with its existing international market network will take care of the sales” said Engineer Kosta Kioleoglou.
Africa Plantation Capital is currently having over 150 employees and close to 200 casual workers within its East Africa Operations. Kelvin Kaloki, the company’s Managing Director said, “With this kind of growth rate, we are expecting to have over 250 employees and close to 400 casual workers in the next 12 months. We have already set timelines to further expand our operations in Kenya and Uganda and we will start operations in Rwanda and hopefully in Tanzania within the same period.”
Africa Plantation Capital is following the successful APC Group vertical production line model. The company is doing everything from producing the seeds, planting, managing, harvesting, processing to producing the final product and sell them directly to the markets. With bamboo the company’s plan is to produce, harvest and process bamboo to bamboo fiber, tea, pulp and other products for the local market and for exports. According to APC’s business model, large scale projects is the way to go as they give the benefit of the economy of scales keeping the costs low and maximizing the productivity of green sustainable projects. Africa Plantation Capital is also offering quality plantation management services in the region aiming to dominate the bamboo industry.
Size, investment, product/market knowledge, international network and quality standards are the key to sustainable profitable plantation projects and Africa Plantation Capital is here to lead the way.