- Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri said on Friday that the Treasury would allocate Nakuru County Sh45 million to boost propagation of the cash crop.
- The PGA boss urged the government to investigate the rampant corruption at the Nakuru-based factory.
The Pyrethrum Growers Association (PGA) has urged the National Treasury to allocate funds to all 18 pyrethrum growing counties to boost production.
PGA national chairman Justus Mochache Monda said that this will make more processors invest in other counties apart from Nakuru.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri on Friday announced that the Treasury would allocate Nakuru County Sh45 million this financial year to boost propagation of the cash crop.
“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.
520 METRIC TONS
The PGA boss said that since the production activities were concentrated in Nakuru County, the production of the crop has stagnated at 520 metric tons per year.
He said 520 metric tons was not enough for the seven processors who are keen to buy dry flowers from the farmers.
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 exchange.
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 on its knees.