Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri said the monies will be released next week adding that the government decided to inject cash in seed propagation because it was the most expensive and vital part the sector’s revival.
“Many farmers have said that it is very expensive to get seeds and the national government has decided to help,” said the CS.
Speaking at Eburru area of Gilgil Sub County during a visit to flower farmers, Kiunjuri who was accompanied by Nakuru Governor, Lee Kinyanjui said the government was willing to allocate more money to the pyrethrum sector in Nakuru in the upcoming supplementary budget.
This allocation is an addition to another allocation of Sh45 millon by the County Government of Nakuru for pyrethrum seeds in June this year. The County Executive Committee said the allocation in the 2019/2020 financial year was meant to ensure that farmers got clean seeds free of charge.
On Friday, Kiunjuri said the national government was working with pyrethrum growing counties to ensure the once lucrative sector was fully revived. “We are determined to revive the sector and recapture Kenya’s world market share,” he said.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui thanked CS Kiunjuri for the support noting that pyrethrum growth has become a success two years since the revival program was initiated.
“The success we have seen at Eburru today is proof of economic empowerment at the grassroot level and the right direction towards achieving food security in Kenya,” said the Governor.
On potatoes, the county boss said his government has put together an enforcement team tasked with ensuring growers, sellers and distributors of this crop adhere to the Potato regulations.
“Once regulations on carrots and tomatoes are enacted in the next two months, the County Government will enforce these as well for the benefit of the farmer,” he added.