Chorongi coffee factory is part of the Mutheka Coffee Farmer’s Society, consisting of more than 5600 active farmer members, with around 1000 of them belonging to Chorongi. Smallholder farmers delivering cherry to the factory have an average of 250 coffee trees each. Other crops grown are maize, bananas and beans.
The factory is receiving assistance from our partner Coffee Management Services (CMS). The long term goal is to increase coffee production through farmer training and input access, and Good Agricultural Practice seminars are conducted year round. Our wish is to establish a transparent, trust based relationship with the smallholder farmer, helping to support a sustained industry growth in Kenya, whilst bringing premium quality to our customers, and premium prices to the farmers. As a result of the combined efforts of CMS and the Mutheka farmers, Chorongi has increased their production, going from less than 50 000kgs of cherry in 2010/11 season to almost 250 000kgs in 2013/14 season.
|Av Trees per farmer||211|
|Early: Late crop ratio(%)||1:2.7|
|Drying Method||sun drying|
|Harvesting Method||Hand picking|
|Equipment used||Buckets, sacks|
|Main Crop Season||October – December|
|Varieties||SL28, SL34, RUIRU 11, BATIAN|
|Soils||Deep Loam Soil|