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Leading the way in green profitable sustainable projects

Africa Plantation Capital (APC), has been operating successfully in Kenya since 2015, with the establishment achieving an amazing growth ratio. Its main objective is to provide sustainable plantation management services. The company has already established several large-scale bamboo projects and is now in the process of acquiring the Kenya Bureau of Standard (KEBS) certification to be the first Bamboo Tea production Unit in East Africa. Moreover, APC has also produced Bamboo Bike prototypes for its Eco bike brand – “ Boorider “ while at the same time is in the process of setting up a mega- scale project to provide bamboo bio- mass for the energy sector.

The Initial objective of the company was to grow bamboo in order to export it to Asia for Fiber production for the clothing industry. However, that has changed and currently, due to its growth and the great potential and dynamics of the region the company invests further in local production and opportunities. “It gives the company and everyone associated with it a great deal of plea- sure to see our vision for Kenya and the East Africa region being realized and our mission statement being carried out “Africa Plantation Capital’s MD Mr. Kelvin Sila Kaloki.

The company has planted over 60,000 bamboo clumps and is targeting to plant another 15,000 bamboo plants in the next 6 months. All the projects are fully licensed, monitored and irrigated on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis. In addition, Africa Plantation Capital is also managing two bamboo arboretums, and is currently operating five offic- es and three nurseries in the East Africa region. APC is managing over 370 small to medium scale plantations belonging to third parties in Kilifi and around the country.

Africa Plantation Capital’s efforts, growth and performance have been recognized severally by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry which has awarded the company three times since the beginning of its operations in the business category. APC was awarded the ‘New Business of the year 2016”, the“Best Agribusiness of 2017 “ and the “Best Agribusiness of the year 2018”while it was a finalist in other categories such as “Customer focus and Best Growth Strategy” among others.

APC got its ISO 9001:2015 UKAS, certification in 2017 by Bureau Veritas on Real Estate and Plantation Management Services and has been audited successfully every year since then. The ISO 9001:2015 certification promotes the development of continual improvement, customer satisfaction, traceability and international best practices within the Africa Plantation Capital organization. Moreover, APC is fully licensed by NEMA, WARMA and all relevant Kenyan authorities. APC aims to provide clients with the highest quality plantation management services. The ISO certification means clients can have increased confidence in APC and the service provided.

Today, some of the most prominent and respected Kenyans are part of the Africa Plantation Capital family, which has more than 150 permanent staff in the East Africa Region, and more than 170 casual workers carrying out their duties on its operations. The plantation management team which includes six agronomists (among other experienced professionals) led by the Africa Plantation Capital Management Director R. Kirui, has established the first fully irrigated, 24/7-monitored bamboo plantation in the region, targeting to achieve fast growth, and creating the foundation for maximum yields.This has been done despite a very challenging environment due to the weather conditions and the climatic changes in the region and around the world affecting the agriculture sector all over East Africa.

All operations are coordinated by Africa Plantation Capital’s International Plantation Management team, with Robin Jewer leading the Group’s global operations. Africa Plantation Capital is part of the APC Group of companies that also includes Asia Plantation Capital. The APC Group is a multi- award-winning sustainable plantation operator and Management Company, with projects across four continents, and a global workforce in excess of 2,000. A market leader in the industry with its Scientific Advisory Board comprising of leading academics from various countries (China, Thailand, Malaysia, Kenya, India, Switzerland an d the United Arab Emirates) who have, between them, developed and patented industry leading technologies and systems. Africa Plantation Capital’s aim is to deliver the same quality plantation management services as per the group high quality standards.

Africa Plantation capital has established a large CSR program including bamboo planting activities, actions against deforestation, assisting local communities and supporting institutions such as New Life Home Trust among others. Such actions in partnership with leading companies like BIDCO has seen APC catapult to the forefront on sustainable environmental solutions as well as creating more jobs to the well deserving communities. APC endeavors to continue its push in environmental protection solutions as well as working together with different stakeholders in such like activities.

Towards our aim of becoming the leader in sustainable agroforestry management and value addition, APC opened its operations in Uganda mid-2018 and has been overly successful in bringing more partners to the green sustainable projects. Uganda has been an amazing experience for APC and apart from the many bamboo farm owners joining the family, APC has also entered into partner- ships with stakeholders such as the Uganda Bamboo Association (UBA).Apart from its commercial uses such as fibre, energy pellets, scaffolding, etc, bamboo covers the soil through its canopy, reducing evaporation, hence rehabilitating highly degraded areas faster. Depending on the species it forms a canopy (shelter) within the first four years compared to other trees that can take about 15 to 30 years.

Towards our aim of becoming the leader in sustainable agroforestry management and value addition, APC opened its operations in Uganda mid-2018 and has been overly successful in bringing more partners to the green sustainable projects. Uganda has been an amazing experience for APC and apart from the many bamboo farm owners joining the family, APC has also entered into partner- ships with stakeholders such as the Uganda Bamboo Association (UBA).Apart from its commercial uses such as fibre, energy pellets, scaffolding, etc, bamboo covers the soil through its canopy, reducing evaporation, hence rehabilitating highly degraded areas faster. Depending on the species it forms a canopy (shelter) within the first four years compared to other trees that can take about 15 to 30 years.

The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) high- lights bamboo as a core development resource that can help create a wealth of practical solutions while reducing the negative effects that changing climate patterns have on millions of rural communities. INBAR says bamboo is critical in building climate resilient communities and can help the poor control flooding while protecting the environment, biodiversity and the ecosystem. APC concurs to this as we have seen first-hand how bamboo can change ecosystems such as Kilifi where APC has created hundreds of acres of bamboo plantations. Additionally, its ability to grow faster than many hardwoods makes bamboo ideal for absorbing green- house gases [such as carbon dioxide], compacting desertification and global warming. Carbon dioxide

(CO2) is an important heat-trapping gas, released through human activities such as deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. In 2015, the Paris Agreement formally recognized the key role played by landscapes and resilient forests in reducing the global average temperature to less than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The award winning APC, last year received the final approvals for the building (go-down) which will house its machines for semi-processing of bamboo biomass in Kilifi plantations. This is part of the plan by APC to localize its production and processing units creating more employment opportunities and reducing the cost of operations. APC is in talks with the relevant institutions to facilitate a smooth start of our production processes in Kenya. As we lead the way in sustain- able plantation management, APC wishes to assure her partners and stakeholders of the best service and commitment in ensuring achievement of the goals set out.