THARAKA NITHI COUNTY
Tharaka Nithi County is in the Eastern part of Kenya. Tharaka Nithi County is home to Meru people. The headquarters of the county is Kathwana. The county borders Meru County to the North and North East, Kitui County to the East and South East, Embu County.
Location: Located in Eastern, it borders Meru to the North, Kitui to the East and Embu to the South, South-West and West. Area: 2,639 km2
Tharaka Nithi County constitutes 2 constituencies (Nithi and Tharaka).
The County has a total population of 356,330; 88,803 House holds. The population density is 138 people PER SQ. KM and 65% of the population live below the poverty line.
Some Strengths of Tharaka Nithi County include:
1. Natural resources as Arable land, Sand Quarries, Forests, Wildlife
2. Tourist Attractions as Mutejwa National Reserve
Main Economic Activities include Farming, Pastoralism, Gemstones, Sand, Stone quarry
Temperatures range between 11°C and 25.9°C. while rainfall ranges between 200 mm and 800 mm per annum. The county has 3 Local Authorities (Town Council of Chogoria, County councils of Meru South and Tharaka) Chuka Town is the administrative headquarters.
Tharaka-Nithi County has a fairly central location within Kenya an advantage that has made it a a transit-point for goods and services. It has arable land under coffee, tea and other horticultural products. The majority of people in the County are farmers who rely on rain-fed agriculture and livestock farming.
The discovery of iron ore and coal deposits has created new economic potential for developing extration industries of these minerals and and related industries.