Our Environmental Agenda
Utengule Estates cultivates only about 40% of its land with coffee, 10% are tracks and buildings, while the rest consists of fully stocked woodland, wetland and rivers. These ecological zones contain a vast biodiversity and are especially interesting because the dry areas feature a very different biostructure than the wet areas along streams and in the swamps.
Utengule takes great pride of this rich stock of trees, flowers and fruits and makes every effort to preserve it for future generations. The integration of coffee fields into the original biosphere creates a stable situation, and the farm operates with a minimal amount of agro-chemicals. Chemical plant protection is only applied if a pest or disease surpasses an economic threshold and becomes an economic threat to production. Workers are bound to wear protective gear.
Our Social Agenda
Utengule follows strictly the employment legislation of Tanzania, pays fair wages and ensures social contributions. In good years, employees are paid a crop bonus at the end of the year. Utengule fosters good neighbourhood relations with the surrounding villages, which is foremost based on the fair employment of people. However, Utengule makes further efforts and is contributing to the renovation or reconstruction of primary schools in the vicinity of the farm. Education in rural areas is the key to development and betterment of the economy, therefore the efforts of Utengule concentrates fully on the improvement of schools. The concept is that of partnership with the villages, whereby Utengule contributes with hardware, transport and supervision and the villages provide workmanship and labour. In 2012, 2013 and 2015 several schools were renovated in collaboration with private donors. Children in these two villages have now good classrooms for a better learning environment.
We will continue supporting our neighbor villages with school renovation or construction as well as other direct support.