In Summary
  • Pyrethrum was the pride of Nakuru County and as an assembly leader, I am keen to push the agenda of more funding as it is capable of transforming the lives of nearly five million Kenyans in the 18 pyrethrum growing counties.
  • With an investment of as little as Sh6,000 for an acre, the grower is capable of reaping more than Sh100,000 in return after only four months.
  • Kairo urged other licensed processing companies to partner with PPCK to improve on the quality of the planting materials.

More than 6,000 pyrethrum farmers in Nakuru County have a reason to smile after the assembly approved Sh29 million allocation in the supplementary budget for buying planting materials.

The additional funding, which is contained in the Sh435 million supplementary budget, comes at a time when farmers who are still planting the cash crop are desperately looking for clean planting materials.

County Assembly Speaker Joel Maina Kairo said he will spearhead a campaign to ensure the once lucrative sub-sector is allocated enough funds in the financial year 2018/2019.

“Pyrethrum was the pride of Nakuru County and as an assembly leader, I am keen to push the agenda of more funding as it is capable of transforming the lives of nearly five million Kenyans in the 18 pyrethrum growing counties,” said Kairo.

Kairo, who was touring the Pyrethrum Processing Company of Kenya (PPCK), accompanied by the Leader of Majority Stanley Karanja and the vice-chairman of Agriculture Committee Wilson Mwangi Wachira urged the government to double the Sh200million allocation in a bid to boost its revival process.

He said the crop once described as ‘black gold’ could be a game-changer in the region by helping fight poverty and increase job opportunities to thousands of unemployed youths.

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