Pyrethrum Farming In Kenya

pyrethrum farming in kenya


Pyrethrum was introduced in Kenya by European farmers who settled in the highland regions of the country. It is grown for its white flowers which are precious and are harvested for processing. The flowers contain a substance that is called pyrethrine which is used to manufacture insecticides. It is also a major component in the manufacture of disinfectants that are used to remove unseen germs and prevent infections. Marketing of pyrethrum is done through pyrethrum board of Kenya and it is sold to them through cooperatives among the farmers groups.

Certain climatic conditions favour the growth of the plant in Kenya and they include; adequate amounts of rainfall between 1000mm to 1500mm and the distribution all year round should be uniform. The temperatures should also be cool, the soils should be deep and well drained volcanic soils with the area being of high altitude between 1500m to 3000m above sea level.

Pyrethrum growing areas are; Nyandarua, Kiambu, Kisii, Nyamira, Nakuru, Bomet, Kericho, Koibatek, Nandi, Nyeri, Laikipia, Murang’a, Mt Elgon. The factor that stands out about these areas is that the areas receive good rainfall amounts and the temperatures are cooler.

Pyrethrum greatly contributes to the economy of Kenya. Kenya earns foreign exchange from the exports of pyrethrum. Pyrethrum farming is also a source of income to pyrethrum farmers thereby improving on the ability of people to depend on themselves hence reducing on the unemployed people in the country.

Income generated from pyrethrum farming has helped to improve the living standards of the farmers in the country. Industrial extraction of pyrethrum is also a source of employment for youths who provide labour in the industries. Establishment of the industries that manufacture insecticides and disinfectants has also led to the economic development and industrial growth which boost the country’s economy.

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Hailing from the fertile highlands of central Kenya, Wamugunda-Anne's life has always been intertwined with the land. Born into a family of farmers, her earliest memories are of verdant fields, changing seasons, and the rhythm of nature. These formative experiences would later shape her academic and professional pursuits.

Wamugunda-Anne's passion for agriculture was not just about the practice but understanding its deeper implications — the sociological, environmental, and economic intricacies of farming in Kenya. This passion drove her to one of Kenya's prestigious universities, where she pursued a degree in Agricultural Sciences. Throughout her academic journey, she became renowned for her insightful articles on sustainable farming practices, emphasizing the balance between modern techniques and traditional Kenyan agricultural wisdom.

After university, Wamugunda-Anne transitioned into a full-time career in agricultural journalism. Her works have since been published in numerous national and international journals. Beyond just writing, she has played a pivotal role in shaping agricultural policies in Kenya by collaborating with policymakers, researchers, and local farmers. Her articles often focus on the challenges faced by Kenyan farmers, sustainable agricultural practices, and innovative solutions to boost food security in the region.

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