9 Factor that have contributed to the growth and development of Thika Town in Kenya

9 Factor that have contributed to the growth and development of Thika Town in Kenya

  • Strategic location. The town enjoys Proximity to Nairobi which provides some inputs required by the industries in Thika. There is industrial interdependent among the industries in Nairobi and Thika. Nairobi provides a ready / large market for the manufactured goods from Thika




  • Excellent road network. Thika is served by the ultra-modern Thika Super Highway. The short rail and road connection between Nairobi and Thika provided cheaper movement of goods and services for the industries in Thika.
  • Availability of water. River Chania which passes through Think town provides fresh water for industrial use especially for coffee processing and fruit canning measures.
  • The hinterland. Thika town has rich agricultural hinterland which provides raw materials for the industries. The hinterland is densely populated hence provides cheap labour for the industries.
  • Availability of land for industrial growth. The town is located in an open area which is not densely populated. Industries can be located along Garissa Road, Nyeri Road or towards Nairobi.
  • Availability of local labour. Thika is surrounded by regions with dense population which provides ready labour force.
  • Availability of building materials. Sand used in construction is harvested in the nearby river Chania and Masinga Dam. Construction stones are readily available in the Ndarugu quarries.

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