The Kenyan government has promised to work with counties to increase the land under pyrethrum production from the current 6,000 hectares to 8,000 hectares in the next year as it seeks new markets abroad.
The national pyrethrum production dropped from 18,000 metric tons in the early 1990s to the current 500 metric tons.
Experts say Kenya has the potential to produce and process 20,000 metric tons of pyrethrum flowers to earn farmers Sh7.5 billion [73 million USD] per year.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjiri said the national government will offer grants and increase budgetary allocations progressively to revive the multi-billion sector.
“We are also exploring markets for our farmers in China and Britain. It’s now upon the farmers to increase production,” the CS said while on a tour of Eburru in Gilgil, Nakuru.