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Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017 14:06 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Nakuru County governor Lee Kinyanjui has reiterated the commitment he made during his campaigns of working towards reviving the pyrethrum sector in the county.
Speaking Wednesday morning when he met stakeholders in the pyrethrum sector at a breakfast meeting Kinyanjui said that Nakuru County has a huge potential in pyrethrum farming and said that he will marshal all available resources towards the revival of the sector that was once the gold of Nakuru.
The governor said that all stakeholders in the sector need to get their act together to ensure that the sector gets back on its feet. He challenged pyrethrum processors to commit to paying farmers who deliver flowers on time as one way of motivating the farmers to plant more flowers.
He blamed delayed payments for flower deliveries as one of the many reasons which led to the collapse of the once lucrative agricultural sector because farmers lost faith in the processing companies.
The governor added that it was saddening to see that countries like Rwanda and Tanzania which borrowed pyrethrum farming technology from Kenya are currently far much a head of Kenya in terms of farming and production.
The county boss said that he will closely work with the national government and other governors from pyrethrum growing counties in an effort to give back life to the pyrethrum sector.
Kinyanjui called for more frequent meetings between pyrethrum farmers, the regulator, the county government and the processors with the aim of ironing out emerging issues within the sector and ensuring that the sector runs smoothly.
Nakuru deputy governor Erick Korir lauded the entry of private processors in the sector which he said was going to open up competition and break the monopoly which has always been a stumbling block to the growth of the ordinary farmer, he said that the entry of private players in the sector will ensure that the farmer enjoys maximum profits.
The meeting brought together pyrethrum stakeholders including farmers, processors, the county government, members of the county assembly as well as marketers.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County