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KIBIRIGWI FARMERS COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED
Farmers in Kibirigwi planted their first coffee trees in 1953. The Co-operative Society has 8 wet mills namely Ragati, Ngugu-ini, Mukangu,Kiangai, Kibingoti, Thunguri, Kianjege and Chema. The Coop is located within Kiine location, Ndia division, Kirinyaga West Sub-County on the Southern slopes of Mount Kenya.
Management & Membership:
Kibirigwi Co-operative Society LTD is managed by an elected Board of Directors of 9 members, one elected from each factory catchment. Each member represents an electrol zone in the larger Kiine Location . There is a Supervisory comittee of three elected members who carry out oversight functions over the Board. Currently the Co-operative has 58 permanent members of staff who are headed by a Secretary Manager. The Secretary Manager oversees the day to day running of the Co-operative under the supervision of the Board.
The 8 Wet mills in the co-operative have a membership of 7552 active farmers.
The Co-operative is currently producing an average of 4.5 million Kg Cherry. The production for the last 3 years was as follows in kg cherry;
Coffee Processing and Marketing:
Farmers selectively hand pick red ripe cherries that are delivered for wet milling on the same day. The parchment is then fermented, washed and sun dried . Dry parchment is milled and bagged at Sagana coffee mills and then transported to – warehouses. The Coffee is then sold through the Nairobi auction.