Kenya, Kii AB
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VIBRANT, CLEAN & BALANCE, BLACKBERRY, JUICY, TANGERINE AND FLORAL
Kii Factory is located near Ngariama Town, Kirinyaga County, about 140 km North-East of Nairobi. Kii was built in 1995 and was initially part of the Ngariama Cooperative Society. The Society was reorganized in 1997, the year during which Kii became part of Runget’o Cooperative Society along with Karimikui and Kiangoi Factories. While Kii has 1,200 members Runget’o gathers over 3,000 smallholder farmers. Among all farmers registered to
deliver their cherries at Kii Factory, there are approximately 134,000 stems, all of
traditional varieties SL 28 and SL 34.
kii Coffee factory is run by the factory manager with 6 permanent members of staff and Casuals. The number of Casual staff varies from year to year depending on crop harvest. During the peak season, the factory employs about 25 casuals while on off-peak at most 5 Casual are retained.
The Permanent staff duties include weighing coffee, selection, and grading of coffee, paying farmers and addressing farmers’ complaints.
Soil and Climate
The factory lies at an altitude of about 1619m ASL, Location (00 26.894S, 037 25.599E). The area has red soils and receives moderate bimodal rainfall of about 1400mm p.a. with temperatures ranging between 13-24 degrees Celsius. The long rains fall between March-May while the short rains come between October and December.
The area experiences a biennial production cycle with the early harvest being from April-June and the late second season being from October-December. The main varieties of coffee grown are SL34, 28 and Ruiru 11, with SL34, 28 accounting to 99% of all coffee produced while Ruiru 11 accounts to 1 % of all production.
in line with the rising awareness on the need to conserve the environment, the factory has dug the wastewater soak pits away from the water source where the wastewater is allowed to soak in back to the soil. Currently, the factory does not engage in wastewater treatment. Additionally, the society encourages its members to plant trees on their farms
The affiliate members of the factory carry out all agronomic activities associated with coffee production i.e. they source coffee from the Coffee Research Station and plant it according to the stipulated guidelines.