KNA Pyrethrum farmers in Kuresoi South sub-county have urged the Nakuru county government to provide them with more seedlings to increase production and earn more.
Speaking at Keringet during Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s visit, 70-year-old Ann Tonui observed that the effort towards the revival programme has borne good fruits but added there is need for more supply of seedlings to enable them expand and get proceeds that will enable them comfortably cater for their needs.
Other than that, Tonui noted that pyrethrum is growing to be a critical cash crop in the area thus attracting other farmers who had ventured in other crops.
She urged the county government not to slow down in its revival but instead address challenges and work wonders for those already growing it and those intending to start.
Tonui is glad that her quarter-acre piece of land fetches her Sh8, 000 per month for the last two years and is able to even pay school fees for her grandchildren.
Amos Tuitoek who grows both avocado and pyrethrum gets similar pay as that of Tonui said that their pay comes two days after delivery and is never delayed.
This according to him gives him confidence in growing the crop adding that the immense support received from the county government will attract more in the sector.
Governor Kinyanjui on his part assured the farmers that the hiccups experienced will be addressed adding that in this financial year, the county government has allocated more money for avocado and pyrethrum seedlings distribution.
Additionally, the governor pointed out that such transformative pyrethrum revival stories is a true testimony that the farmers are being economically empowered thus changing their lives for the better.
He was also impressed by the formation of a farmers’ organization that empowers the pyrethrum farmers with the appropriate information required.