The Thunguri Coffee Factory is a coffee washing station located in the Kirinyaga County in Kenya’s Central Province, 115 km from Nairobi and 5 km from Karatina town. Thunguri was established in 1962 and rests on eight acres of nutrient rich land in the fertile foothills of Mt. Kenya and Aberdare ranges National park. It has 1,095 active contributing farmers who are members of the Kibirgwi Cooperative Society. Each member has on average around half a hectare of land for coffee growing alongside macadamia, beans, banana, tea and maize. The area has deep, well-drained and fertile red volcanic soil at altitudes of between 1,600 and 1700 meters above sea level with 953mm of rainfall annually. Thunguri receives assistance from Coffee Management Services (CMS), to work directly with cooperatives and members to help them improve their productivity and quality, through training and implementation of best agricultural practices. CMS also offers interest-free advances before the season, to help sustain their farms and contribute to their school fee payments. Ecological Management For conservation water is re-circulated during processing and disposed of responsibly in numerous soak pits away from water sources. Coffee Pulp from the factory is collected by farmers for use as mulch on their farms to improve the soil structure and organic matter content. This region is abound with rich wildlife due to its proximity to forests and members are educated on the importance of preserving these species. Numerous wetlands and rivers are found here and are preserved in their natural state. Indigenous plant species like Mugumo, elm trees are found in this region.
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