The County Government of Uasin Gishu, Department of Agriculture is working on a strategy to revive pyrethrum growing in the County.
On Wednesday, the Deputy Director Agriculture Mr. Ismael Asowa led the distribution of 72,000 first-generation pyrethrum clone 223 to farmers in Tarakwa ward and Ainabkoi/Olare ward.
One of the beneficiaries was Mzee Joshua Kessei in Kapng’etuny in Kapkechir village who thanked the County for providing them with pyrethrum. He has been planting pyrethrum since 1962.
Mr. Asowa said that Governor Bii’s administration is keen on reviving the once lucrative farming in areas within the County adding that the demand for natural pyrethrum is on the rise as agrichemical manufacturers increasingly prefer products with low mammalian toxicity and zero-residue biopesticides.
Mr. Asowa further noted that the department will continue engaging top officials from other pyrethrum-growing areas toward the formation of a bloc that will also boost its marketing power.
He further said that farmers will be equipped with technical advice and have access to clean planting materials.
Also present was, Sosten Lelan Chief supply chain management officer, Joseph Wanyeki Ainabkoi Ward Agricultural Officer together with Miheso Kennedy from Pyrethrum Processing Company among others.
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