Pyrethrum to make a comeback in Uasin Gishu

Pyrethrum re-establishment in Uasin Gishu will get a boost after the County government promised to set aside funds to support it.  Agriculture CEC Samuel Yego says that that the department will set aside funds to support the program aimed at improving food security, providing regular income as well as providing alternative farming to farmers. He further said that more farmers are interested in the re-establishment of pyrethrum across the region.

He was speaking when he hosted the Pyrethrum Processing Company of Kenya Limited (PPCK) officials who are in the county in a bid to revive pyrethrum production through the provision of planting materials, help farmers in establishing nurseries, provision of extension services and construction of solar dryers in the county.

The County Director for Agriculture, Reuben Seroney said that with 400 to 500 kilos of dry flowers per acre per year at an average of Ksh. 270 per kilo, a grower can make Ksh. 108,000 to 135,000 per acre per year urging the farmers who are interested with the program to seek advice from the agricultural extension officers at the wards.

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