Tea Association of Malawi (Taml), a representative body of large tea estates, has said estate managers are key to the growth of the industry, hence the need for them to be regularly trained in planning and management skills.
Taml chief executive officer Clement Thindwa said this on Wednesday at Tea Research Foundation for Central Africa (TRFCA) in Mulanje where he opened a two-day Planning and Supervisory Management Skill Training for 40 tea estate managers in Mulanje and Thyolo.
The training was organised with funding from Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training Authority (Teveta) and was facilitated by a renowned trainer Fred Kanjo.
He said: “Managers are key because they harness the company’s scarce resources. The most difficult resource to manage in a company is human resource. Time is also the most importance resource because once it is lost, it is lost for good.”
On his part, Fatsani Nthulula, training specialist for the private sector at Tevet Blantyre office, said the training has come at the right because managers or supervisors are critical in any company.