In Summary
  • Mr Monda said the funding will make more processors to venture in other counties apart from Nakuru.
  • The PGA boss said pyrethrum production has stagnated at 520 metric tonnes per year.
  • The acreage under the crop has steadily increased to 6,000 acres.

The Pyrethrum Growers Association (PGA) has urged the National Treasury to consider allocating funds to all 18 pyrethrum growing counties to boost production.

PGA National Chairman Justus Mochache Monda said that this will make more processors to venture in other counties apart from Nakuru.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri on Friday announced that the Treasury would allocate Nakuru County Sh45 million in the current financial year to boost propagation of the cash crop.

17 COUNTIES

“If the government spreads the funding to the other 17 counties at an average of Sh45 million per county, it will spend Sh800 million and this will attract more processors in the counties and boost production,” said Mr Monda.

The PGA boss said that since growing of pyrethrum is concentrated in Nakuru County, the production has stagnated at 520 metric tonnes per year.

He said 520 metric tonnes is not enough for the seven processors who are keen to buy dry flowers from the farmers.

At the peak of its production when Kenya was one of the largest producers of the cash crop, it was producing in excess of 18,000 metric tonnes per year, earning the country billions of shillings in foreign cash.

MISMANAGEMENT

Past mismanagement and corruption at the Pyrethrum Processing Company of Kenya (PPCK), delayed payments to farmers, lack of certified seeds and poor payments by processors are some of the challenges that have brought the once lucrative industry to its knees.

Mr Monda said Kenya’s revival efforts are coming at a time when the synthetic products have hit the international market and are competing with local produce.

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