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Cultivating Miraa In The Nyambene Hills

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Miraa is cultivated in a few parts of Kenya: Rendille of Marsabit, Akamba of the Chyulu Hills near Mombasa, and Embu to the southeast of Mount Kenya all grow marketable varieties. Some miraa is harvested from wild trees growing on the slopes of Mount Kenya near Timau, and from those in forests near Kericho and on the slopes of Mount Elgon. None of these locations can compete in quantity and, most would say, quality with miraa grown on the Nyambene Hills. The scale of cultivation and reliance upon miraa as a cash crop varies greatly between different sections of the district, however, as do aspects like the presentation of the harvested stems. In this chapter the author focuses on the two zones: Karama/Nkinyang’a zone and the Igembe zone. These zones provide the bulk of Nyambene miraa.

Keywords: cash crop; Igembe zone; Miraa; Mount Kenya; Nkinyang’a zone; Nyambene Hills



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