COTTON CANDY, FRUIT PUNCH, STRAWBERRY JAM, BALANCED, CLEAN-MEDIUM
GATUGI WET MILL:
Built in 1979, this wet mill is located in Gatugi village Karima sub-location near Karima Hill off the Othaya - Karima road. The altitude is 1,863 meters above sea level on latitude 00.52892° South and longitude 036.96207° East. Gatugi has 754 members (574 males, 176 females and 4 institutions). Farmers from Gatugi produce the highest Kg per tree in Othaya FCS.
Award: Nyeri County 2nd Ranked Highest Percentage Yield Paid To Its Members 2014/2015
Variety Grown: Many of the members grow the SL-28 and SL-34 varieties with majority of the trees being SL-28.
CROP AND PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
OTHAYA FARMERS’ COOPERATIVE SOCIETY
Vision: To be the best managed and leading coffee based co-operative society in Kenya
Mission: To produce top quality coffee for top quality prices and for quality life of our people
Original Membership: 250 small scale farmers
Current Farmer Members: 14,500 all small-scale farmers
Number of Wet Mills: 19 licensed wet mills
Varieties Grown: An estimated 1,255,000 coffee trees of various varieties of SL 28, SL 34, Ruiru 11
and Batian covering an area of 2,370 Acres.
Soil: Red Volcanic
Elevation Range: 1700-1965 MASL
Certifications: Fair Trade certified since 2012
Processing: Experimental Natural all dried on raised drying beds
Dry Mill: Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society Limited has its own dry mill located in Gatuyaini. This is where all the coffee processed in the various wet mills is taken for further processing. After milling is done, the coffee is packed in export bags. The Society has a cupping laboratory where quality analysis is done by a qualified cupper before the coffee is taken to the warehouse to ready for marketing.
Regional Economic Impact: Coffee revenue provides livelihoods for 14,500 families and has created job opportunities directly at 19 wet mills, dry mills. There are 98 permanent employees and 300 casual employees during the peak harvesting periods.