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SL28 & SL34
1,567m above sea level
The catchment area experiences a biennial production cycle with the early harvest being from April-June and the late second season being from October- December. Farmers in this region grow mainly SL28 and SL34 cultivars of Arabica coffee which has high production of unrivalled quality.
Cherry production has risen over time due to improved price of coffee and favorable climate for coffee production. The farmers here are also active in coffee farming because it’s the mainly major cash crop in this area. The management is encouraging its members to cultivate more coffee so as to benefit from the good prices attained.
In line with the rising awareness on the need to conserve the environment the factory has adopted several initiatives. Among these are waste water soak pits located away from water sources where the waste water is allowed to percolate back into the soil. Additionally farmers are urged to plant tree within their farms and use compost manure.
The affiliate members of the factory carry out all agronomic activities associated with coffee production i.e. they source planting material from the Coffee Research Station and plant it according to the stipulated guidelines. Fieldwork carried out involves weeding, pruning, spraying, and application of fertilizer, mulching and technical advice. Technical advice is offered through farmer training programs and field visits/days offered by ministry of agriculture.
Compliance to the agreed guidelines is checked and supervised by the field committee which goes round the farms. They usually check that coffee is not inter-grown with other crops such as maize and Beans, though they do allow intercropping with Macadamia.