The Commercial Development Of Sambret

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Monkhouse A.J.W
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During 1957, negotiations were completed between the Kenya Government, EAAFRO and the Kenya Tea Company (now Brooke Bond Liebig (Kenya) Ltd.) Regarding an area of forest situated 6 km south-west of the existing Cheboswa Estate at Land Reference ~o. 9932 within the Western Mau Forest Reserve. The purpose of the negotiations was to make available an area suitable for attachment study designed to evaluate the changes in total water yield and in its seasonal distribution that might result from replacing natural forest by tea estates (see Section 2.1.1). The total area to be developed was approximately 690 ha at altitudes varying between 2,100 m and 2,340 m; most of this area was under indigenous forest with canopies up to 15 m high, but it also included about 100 ha of bamboo. Under the agreement, the Kenya Tea Company undertook to fell, clear and plant to tea 120 ha per year up to a total of 324 ha by 1963.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 43 (Special Issue), p. 51-54