Nakuru farmers embrace pyrethrum revival drive

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui (L) when he visited the 70-year-old pyrethrum farmer Ann Tonui in Keringet ward, Kuresoi South Sub-county. Ms Tonui got pyrethrum seedlings for her quarter piece of land in 2018, and she has been earning Kshs. 8,000 a month from the crop in the last two years. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui is optimistic that his administration will revive pyrethrum farming.

This, Kinyanjui said, will transform lives of people in the county.

“We are encouraged by transformative stories of farmers who have embraced our pyrethrum revival program,” Kinyanjui said.

On Wednesday, he toured Keringet ward, Kuresoi South Sub-county.

The Governor visited 70-year-old Ann Tonui who got pyrethrum seedlings for her quarter piece of land in 2018.

For the past two years, Tonui has been earning Kshs. 8,000 a month from the crop.

“It is encouraging that despite her age, she is assured of supporting her family and educating her grandchildren who are in the university,” Kinyanjui said.

Another farmer, Amos Tuitoek, who has intercropped avocado with pyrethrum, started with a quarter piece of land that gives him Kshs. 8,000.

Tuitoek says he receives the money two days after delivering the produce.

He now targets to expand the crop to two acres farm.

“With these life-changing stories, Nakuru county will continue giving seedlings to empower more farmers,” Kinyanjui said.

In this financial year, his administration allocated more money for avocado and pyrethrum seedlings distribution.

The county CEO was accompanied by Deputy Governor Dr. Erick Korir, CECMs Immaculate Maina (Agriculture), Dr. Kariuki Gichuki ( Health) among other county officials.

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