The pyrethrum farmers caucus is now calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to step in and address numerous problems facing the pyrethrum sector.
Addressing media in Nakuru,the farmers from 18 pyrethrum growing counties lamented that they have not been paid money for delivery made to the pyrethrum processing company for the last six months.
Raphael Mwangi –a representative from Nyandarua County said that despite the government factoring in Shs 200 million having been factored in the 2016-2017 budget to revive the sector, impact of the cash has not been felt by farmers.
He also took issue with quality of seeds being produced by the pyrethrum processing company saying that most seeds are not germinating hence subjecting farmers to huge losses and waste of time.
“Most of the assets belonging to the former pyrethrum board of Kenya-PBK are at the verge of being auctioned pay debts owed to workers and suppliers” he said.
Sentiments echoed by Simon Olekoror representing farmers from Narok county who added that the sector despite being depended on directly or in directly by more than 3 million farmers had no future if measures will not be taken to address the existing problems.
He said the president needs to address farmers problems in the pyrethrum sector just as it has done in the coffee, tea, sugarcane and miraa sector.
He said that just like Pan paper industry, the pyrethrum processing company in Nakuru could meet its daily processing capacity once farmers increase production owing to input by the government.
This even as Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui vowed to revive the sector in Nakuru county saying it is one of the major economic booster.
PHOTO/Courtesy:A section of pyrethrum farm.Farmers now want the sector challenges addressed by President.