Farmers urged to stop uprooting pyrethrum
23 December 2013, 11:01
Nakuru - The National Chairperson of Pyrethrum Growers Association (PGA), Justus Monda has urged pyrethrum farmers in Nakuru County to stop uprooting the crop.
Monda said the government is in the process of reviving the once vibrant farming sector in the country.
“Our farmers need to stop uprooting pyrethrum because our government has promised to revive this sector,” he said.
Speaking on Monday in Molo, Monda said most of the farmers in the county have been uprooting the crop saying it is not good.
He said that PGA is pushing the government to be paying pyrethrum farmers their dues on a monthly basis.
Monda observed that most of the farmers were uprooting the crop since they were not getting paid by the Pyrethrum Board of Kenya on time.
“PGA is still pushing the government to make sure that our members get their money at the end of the each month as required,” he said.
He also said that pyrethrum still has high market outside the country and that is why the government is committed on reviving the sector.
Monda said that they are happy with the amendments made to 2013 pyrethrum bill saying it will help farmers benefit from the crop.
However, he said that the new bill should not have been tied with alpha and crop bill saying some of the suggestions on the bill will oppress the farmers.
“We are happy by this new pyrethrum bill but we feel some of the suggestions are not favorable with the farmers,” he said.
Adding that PGA will be pushing for removal of the suggestions that will oppress the famers in the new bill.
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