Harrisons Malayalam Limited (HML) is the most successful integrated agricultural operation in South India. One of the oldest – with a history that goes back over a hundred and fifty years – it has been a pioneer in corporate farming and has, over this period, established and run plantations for Tea, Rubber, Cocoa, Coffee, and a wide variety of Spices. Today the company cultivates about 14,000 ha and processes produce from other farmlands in its neighbourhood. Rubber, Tea, and Pineapple, respectively on 7,400 ha, 6,000 ha and 1000 ha of own farmland give the company its primary products.
With a production of about 9,000 tonnes of Rubber, 20,000 tonnes of tea and 25,000 tonnes of Pineapple, HML is South India’s largest agriculture operation.
The company also produces smaller quantities of a variety of other exotic horticultural crops like Areca nut, Banana, Cardamom, Cocoa, Coffee, Coconut, Pepper, and Vanilla as well as limited quantities of Organic tea and spices.
Our operations are spread over 20 Estates, eight rubber factories and twelve tea factories along with several blending and processing units in the three southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
The product range includes both CTC and Orthodox Tea, Rubber in concentrated rubber latex, crepe, block, and sheet rubber forms. Fresh Pineapple is the other large produce.
As a dominant player in tea exports from South India over its entire history, a position that it maintains even today, the company is a source of quality teas for all the big names in the Tea industry in Europe.
Being the industry leader in natural rubber production, HML is known for its high-quality natural rubber in the local and export markets.
Exotic horticulture being a labour-intensive activity the company has been a major employer of people. It today has a workforce of about 15,000. Operating in rural India, the company has been responsible for bringing economic activity to remote parts of this region and providing basic amenities including healthcare to a population otherwise deprived of such support.
Over half of the workforce comprises women. Equal status is accorded to them, and they earn the same salaries/wages as their male counterparts.
The company is part of RP-SG and RPG Enterprises one of the largest and most well-respected industrial groups in India. The Group has a turnover of around Rs.452 billion and interests in tyres, cables, power transmission, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals, retail and consumer marketing, hotel and tourism, entertainment, and agri-business.
Listed on the National, Bombay and Cochin stock exchanges, HML has a paid-up capital of Rs.184.50 million and a shareholder base of around 33,000.