Pyrethrum farmers want irregular lease agreements annulled

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Pyrethrum farmers in Nakuru County want the Government to annul irregular lease agreements worth millions of shillings between private developers and the management of the moribund Pyrethrum Regulatory Authority to avert imminent fraud.

The farmers want an inquest into a 20 year lease agreement of the authority`s storage premises that was allegedly done without prior consultation with farmers.

The pyrethrum farmers representing over 3,000 growers across 19 Counties are contesting the lease agreements on large parcels of land and go downs which they say will only benefit unscrupulous individuals at the expense of farmers.

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The Agriculture Committee in the Nakuru County Assembly Vice Chairman Wilson Mwangi says the proceeds of the leases are allegedly scheduled to be channeled to a private bank account for unspecified reasons.

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The farmers are demanding that the leased land be reverted back to them to support research programs amid calls for revival of the pyrethrum sector.

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Pyrethrum farmers in the region are threatening to halt supply of the crop to the company until the state department of Agriculture conducts and concludes an independent and comprehensive audit in the operations of the company.

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The Chairman of the Nakuru Residents Association Obiero Magoma says malpractices at the country`s largest pyrethrum processing plant are bound to negate the quest for a revitalized pyrethrum sector.

In 2014, farmers sought court orders restraining sale or lease of the company`s assets.

 

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