Cartels have destroyed pyrethrum sector - Kipipiri MP

Pyrethrum flowers. Kipipiri MP Samuel Gichigi has blamed the woes facing pyrethrum growing on a powerful and corrupt cartel. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Mr Gichigi said a majority of the people in his Kipipiri constituency depended on the crop for their daily upkeep, but were now wallowing in poverty.
  • He now wants President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto to set up a task force to review pyrethrum production with a view to reviving it.
  • Kenya was once one of the world’s largest producers of pyrethrum, with 17,500 metric tonnes of dried pyrethrum flowers being supplied every year.
  • Mr Gichigi called on the government to give pyrethrum growing the same treatment that it was according to the coffee and tea farmers.

Kipipiri Member of Parliament Samuel Gichigi has blamed the woes facing pyrethrum production on a powerful and corrupt cartel.

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