Nakuru, Kenya Thursday, November 30th, 2017
In his manifesto, Governor Lee Kinyanjui promised to revive the Pyrethrum sector and restore Nakuru’s glory in the crop’s cultivation.
To date, the Governor has held over five meetings with players in the sector with a view to getting at the bottom of what problems ail this once very lucrative industry.
Today, the CEC for Agriculture, Dr Immaculate visited the Pyrethrum Processing Company of Kenya (PPCK) on a familiarization cum fact finding tour.
At the factory, the CEC was received by the Company’s Managing Director and the Marketing manager. During this tour it was noted that the processor is seriously underutilized due to lack of flowers. The processing plant requires a capacity of twenty five thousand metric tonnes of Pyrethrum flowers for its daily running. However, the current production from our farms is less than 5% of that capacity.
The Managing Director confirmed that the Processor had already done two acres of seedlings in Molo in a bid to increase acreage especially for use in the next planting season. The Company is also welcoming other players who can support in seedling multiplication.
After the visit to the factory, CEC Immaculate, visited a Pyrethrum farmer in Molo who has successfully planted 15 acres of the flower. The CEC applauded the farmer and asked locals to take advantage of the good prices paid by PPCK to raise their economic status. Currently, the price of dry Pyrethrum ranges between Kshs 100 to Kshs 375 per kilo.
Next week, Nakuru County is expected to host 19 Governors from Pyrethrum growing regions. The thrust of the meeting will be to lay strategies on how to quickly but efficiently revamp the sector.