- The machine would extract pyrethrin content from as little as five tonnes of dry flowers.
The Pyrethrum Processing Company of Kenya has inched closer to realising its dream of acquiring a modern extraction machine for its Nakuru factory.
Acting managing director Paul Lolwerikoi said the machine would extract pyrethrin content from as little as five tonnes of dry flowers.
“The government has issued an international tender to procure the machine at between Sh60 million and Sh70 million. The machine could be installed before mid this year,” he said.
At the same time, a US laboratory Wellmark Analytical Chemistry in Dallas has issued the firm an approval certificate to sell its products in America.
“Our laboratory has been given a clean bill of health. Whatever we process at the Nakuru factory will easily access US and other European markets,” said Mr Lolwerikoi.
The Nakuru factory has been idle due to lack of raw materials. During its peak, the factory received flowers from 200,000 farmers. But the number drastically fell to 6,000 farmers.
Currently, the factory waits for months to accumulate flowers for processing.
Mr Lolwerikoi said 100 tonnes of processed flowers can earn the company Sh20 million in international markets.
The current machine can crash 25 tonnes of flowers a day but is largely under-utilised.
Another machine which cost taxpayers nearly Sh1 billion, and can crash 50 tonnes of flowers a day is also rotting at the Nakuru factory yard.