Pyrethrum farmers urged to venture into large scale

By KBC Reporter

Pyrethrum farmers are being urged to venture into large scale farming so as to fully benefit from the reforms being undertaken in the sector.

Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe says the new reforms in the pyrethrum sector will be implemented starting April this year.

Pyrethrum farming in the country has deteriorated over the years fuelled by mostly poor policies that left most farmers opting for other cash crops.

In 2014 the Pyrethrum Board of Kenya was dissolved to give way to the Pyrethrum and other Industrial Crops Directorate following the repealing of the Pyrethrum Act.

This gave way to the beginning of a raft of reforms in the pyrethrum sector which include regulating imports and exports of pyrethrum products as well as ensure farmers are promptly paid for their deliveries among others.

Lesiyampe says the measures are meant to safe guard farmers from middle men and ensure they fully benefit from the crop.

He was speaking during the commissioning of Soko Mpya Horticultural Market, Oleriondo Road Market and a Horticultural Cold Store at Murungaru market in Kinangop Nyandarua County.

The markets are expected to reduce marketing constraints faced by small scale horticulture farmers in Nyandarua.


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