Income generating activities
SOURCES OF INCOME
Currently, sources of income depend on Sawmilling and Woodworking activities. There is one Stationary sawmill and woodworking workshop at the main campus in Moshi and the Mobile sawmill at West Kilimanjaro Training Station.
a) Raw materials
The institute purchases standing trees from forest plantations in the Northern zone which are under Tanzania Forest Service (TFS) Agency. Raw materials from North and West Kilimanjaro Forest Plantations are processed using West Kilimanjaro mobile sawmill and those from Meru Forest Plantation in Arusha are processed using stationery sawmill in Moshi.
b) Timber harvesting and hauling
Upon harvesting, logs are measured, tallied and recoded in log tally sheet and then loaded to the truck(s) and transported to the mill.
a) Log yard and sawing
Logs are sorted if necessary, the remaining branches are de-branched, cross cut, debarked and re-sawing big diameter logs to enable sawing operation to run smoothly and economically. Logs are sawn according to market specifications.
b) Timber yard
Sorting of sawn timber is done and arranged according to sizes. Depending on the market situation, customers may prefer the green timber or dried timber. Some sawn timber are used for training activities and maintenance of the institute’s wooden structures/facilities.
Modern beehives and furniture are produced according to customer’s preferences. Also services are provided and charged according to the type of service.