Nyeri County is situated between longitudes 36°038′East and 37°020′East and latitude 00° 380′South (Figures (Figures11 and and2)2) with temperature ranges between 12°C and 27°C and annual rainfall averages of 550 mm in lowland and 1500 mm in the highlands. Altitudes of study subcounties ranged from 2130 to 2380 m (Tetu), 2070 to 2400 m (Kieni East and West), and 1830 m (Nyeri Central and Othaya) above sea level. The county is prone to both drought and floods since some areas are semiarid (those lying on the leeward side of Mt. Kenya) and others very wet. Apart from fish farming, the area is suitable for agriculture with farmers growing cash crops, for instance, tea and coffee and subsistence crops such as maize, beans, and bananas. Dairy, beef, poultry, and pig farming are also practiced [10].

Map of Kenya showing Nyeri County (red). Map courtesy of Maphill.

Map of Nyeri County showing the different subcounties (municipality represents Nyeri Central). Map courtesy of Maphill.

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