KENYA | GATURIRI BARICHU | NYERI
Producer: Gaturiri Factory, Barichu Cooperative
Farm: 1100 small holder farms
Elevation: 1700 - 1800 masl
Cultivar: SL-28, Sl-34,
Process: Washed, hand sorted, sun dried on raised beds
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Notes: Nectarine, red wine, toffee, guava, cranberry
The Gaturiri factory is located in the Nyeri district in the Southern part of Mt. Kenya and is part of the Barichu Cooperative Society. Gaturiri serves about 1,100 small scale producers and produces approximately 600 tons of cherry. Fresh river water from the Kirigu river is used during processing.
Gaturiri is a Kikuyu word for “the shrubs.” The area for being a place people visit to collect herbs for medicines for humans and livestock.
The Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society is located in the Mathira East Sub-County in Nyeri. It is currently composed of four factories, Karatina, Karindundu, Gaturiri and Gatomboya. It was registered in October 1996 with the Cooperative Development and Coffee Board of Kenya. It has 5,800 registered members and produces 3 million to 5 million kilos of coffee per year.
Barichu works to offer its members access to credit for school fees, farm inputs and emergencies. Its goal is to share information with farmers regarding crop husbandry and other agricultural practices important to coffee. It has a demonstration plot financed by Tropical Farm Management and a nursery that serves the whole community, providing mature seedlings to help reduce drops in production or income for farmers.