MTI con­cludes so­cial sup­ply chain pro­ject in Bangladesh

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - MANAGEMENT/HR/STRATEGY -

MTI’S Re­gional Team re­cently con­cluded a sup­ply chain strate­gis­ing pro­ject with Kazi and Kazi Tea Es­tate Ltd (KKTE) in Bangladesh.

KKTE, the only in­ter­na­tion­ally-cer­ti­fied or­ganic tea grower in Bangladesh, is lo­cated in the north­ern­most district of Pan­cha­garh, only 50 km south of Dar­jeel­ing.

KKTE started its jour­ney in the year 2000 by ac­quir­ing un­cul­ti­vated land. The KKTE gar­den pro­duces a va­ri­ety of or­ganic teas in­clud­ing black tea, green tea, oo­long tea, white tea and or­ganic herbs such as mint, le­mon­grass, gin­ger, turmeric and moringa.

KKTE tea is cur­rently avail­able in­ter­na­tion­ally un­der the Tea­t­u­lia brand and in the Bangladesh mar­ket un­der the Kazi and Kazi Tea brand.

Dur­ing the pro­ject, the MTI team had the op­por­tu­nity to visit few fam­i­lies im­pacted by the com­pany’s dairy co­op­er­a­tive, the Kazi Shahid Foun­da­tion (KSF), named af­ter its founder and Chair­man of the Gem­con group, Kazi Shahid Ahmed. The foun­da­tion was started in 2000 with the goal of im­prov­ing the liveli­hoods of the peo­ple liv­ing in close prox­im­ity to KKTE.

An in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tive of the foun­da­tion is the cat­tle lend­ing pro­gramme. Co-op mem­bers are loaned a dairy cow by the com­pany that can be paid back by way of pro­vid­ing 20 – 40 litres of cow dung per day and one litre of milk. These biofriendl­y raw ma­te­ri­als are utilised for KKTE’S or­ganic tea gar­den. One unique fea­ture of this pro­gramme is that the re­pay­ment is in the form of cow dung and milk for two years, af­ter which the ben­e­fi­cia­ries are free to rear the cow as they see fit.

In ad­di­tion to the dairy co­op­er­a­tive pro­gramme, KSF also fa­cil­i­tates an or­ganic tea co­op­er­a­tive, or­ganic vegetable farm­ing and sup­ply, bio-fer­til­izer pro­duc­tion and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes.

Di­rec­tor of KKTE and Gem­con Group Dr. Kazi Ahmed ex­pressed, “Our or­ganic tea gar­den’s al­most two decades of trans­for­ma­tive jour­ney from bar­ren land to lush tea gar­den has been re­mark­able. We be­lieve in in­clu­sive growth and as such KSF was es­tab­lished to fo­cus on em­pow­er­ing women, who are the pri­mary ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this pro­gramme in the re­gion. We are de­lighted to be work­ing with MTI in this jour­ney to trans­form our sup­ply chain with cut­tingedge prac­tices, to cater to our growing de­mand from both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.”

MTI CEO Hilmy Cader com­mented, “It’s ex­em­plary to see such an im­pact­ful ru­ral em­ploy­ment model, which has ben­e­fited the liveli­hood of the peo­ple in this area. The or­gan­i­sa­tion and its foun­da­tion is a vi­sion­ary so­cio-eco­nomic model that will con­tinue to have a pos­i­tive im­pact for years to come. We are de­lighted to work with an or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­motes or­ganic prin­ci­ples while truly fo­cus­ing on the so­cial well-be­ing of its com­mu­nity.”

MTI Team from Bangladesh, In­dia, Sri Lanka and Bahrain with Gem­con Di­rec­tors

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