Gov’t to liberalize pyrethrum sector
By KBC Reporter
The government plans to fully liberalize the pyrethrum sector by December this year.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei says the government is formulating guidelines for the liberalization.
In preparation, the Pyrethrum Regulatory Authority has been instructed to revive all seedbeds with a view to providing farmers with seedlings.
Kenya was once the world’s leading producer of pyrethrum, but due to poor management, the business grappled with hard times for years.
The government last month allocated 300 million shillings for revival of the pyrethrum sector.
Speaking during a tour of the Pyrethrum Regulatory Authority premises in Nakuru, Koskei said that of essence will be to look into existing liabilities like outstanding arrears which must be paid noting that currently outstanding salary arrears stand at 18 million shillings.
The CS said the government is working towards returning the pyrethrum sector to its former glory of being a lucrative sector.
He is therefore urging farmers to deliver dry flowers in plenty noting that this will facilitate commissioning of a new plant that was set up in the year 2009.