In Summary
  • Reluctance by some counties, to commit funds for the revival of the once lucrative sector, and unstable funding from the national government are to blame.
  • This is the second attempt by governors in pyrethrum growing regions to revive the struggling sector.

  • Lack of payments for deliveries, coupled with cartels and mismanagement of the sub-sector, have been blamed for the collapse of the once lucrative sector.

Lack of funding is threatening to derail plans by 19 pyrethrum-growing counties to form an association that would lobby for their common interests.

The Nation has established that reluctance by some counties, to commit funds for the revival of the once lucrative sector, and unstable funding from the national government are to blame for the delayed formation of the alliance.

TOP OFFICIALS

It emerged that despite top officials from the counties holding a number of meetings, little has been achieved in the formation of the bloc.

The pyrethrum-growing counties that are seeking to form the bloc are Nakuru, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kiambu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kisii and West Pokot.

Others are Nandi, Baringo, Laikipia, Narok, Kericho, Bomet , Kisii, Nyamira, Bungoma, Muranga, Kirinyaga and Meru.

According to the Kisii County Executive Committee (CEC) Member in charge of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative Development, Esman Onsarigo, a number of counties have not committed budgets to support the revival.

“Several counties have not set aside funds to, for instance, provide farmers with seedlings. We are also facing a raft of challenges, which include unsettled debts the Pyrethrum Processing Company owes farmers, “said Mr Onsarigo.

MEETINGS

The CEC, who has been part of the efforts to revive the crop, revealed that top officials from the pyrethrum growing counties have held various meetings and identified challenges facing the sector, but funding remained a challenge 

“I urge the national government to pump more money to counties to boost the revival. Counties need money for nurseries and other things,” said Mr Onsarigo.

His counterpart from Nyandarua County, Dr James Karitu, said not much has happened in the national government initiative to revive pyrethrum.

“We only got as far as forming a technical committee. Little else has happened so far. But as a county, we have set aside some funds for the same, but we hope to be more vibrant in the 2019/20 fiscal year,” said Dr Karitu.

Currently, the department is sourcing for seeds for a few farmers for trials and to motivate more growers.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

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