Just outside the Kiamabara Township in the Gichugu Division of Nyeri is Kiamabara Factory. It’s one of five factories in the area managed by the Mugaga F.C.S. Built in the early 1980s, the factory collects cherry from over 900 farmers around the village and in the surrounding catchment. Each factory manager in the Co-op is re-trained every year by CMS, in addition to field days being held by the minister of agriculture and agrochemical companies that deliver inputs to the farmers. Kiamabara also has planted a demonstration plot beside the factory to provide an educational resource through out the calendar. CMS field agents and Co-op Management use this plot to show best practices such as input timing and pruning as well as harvest training for pickers.
Red volcanic soil with patches of loam and black cotton predominate in the area, giving the rise to a proliferation of Gravillia and indigenous trees on the plantations. Wild animals such as buffaloes, elephants, antelopes and monkeys, as well as many others can be found in the area, often finding their way into the factory grassland to graze.