39 pyrethrum farmers in Lembus ward, Torongo Division of Eldama Ravine Constituency received 40,000 seedlings of pyrethrum issued by Pyrethrum Board of Kenya in bid to revive pyrethrum farming in Koibatek after farmers abandoned the flower owing to delay in payments.
While issuing the seedlings, Lembus Pyrethrum Officer of Gladys Cheboi said that each farmer was issued with 1000 seedlings of pyrethrum.
“We have given the farmers 1000 seedlings each and this is just the beginning there is more to come, we want to make sure that farmers start planting pyrethrum again.” Said Ms Cheboi.
The officer urged the farmers to take care of the plant saying that pyrethrum farming is lucrative and that every farmer should embrace.
Ms Cheboi’s sentiments were echoed by former Assistant Chief Eliud Tanui who is a pyrethrum pioneer saying that the return of pyrethrum is going to improve the livelihood of farmers in Koibatek.
“I used to plant pyrethrum in the past and it helped educate my children, every farmer should welcome the return of pyrethrum because it is lucrative compared to maize and potatoes that we have been planting.” Insisted the pyrethrum pioneer.
Jonathan Korir a youth called on the youths not to waste their time looking for white color jobs but instead engage in white gold farming.
“I would like to urge my fellow youth to embrace farming and stop looking for white color jobs because farming pays a lot compared to sitting in an office.” Said Korir.
Pyrethrum officer was accompanied by divisional Agriculture Extension Officer Rotich and Torongo Cooperative society Extension Officer Arnold Boror who urged the farmers to take advantage of the return of the plant.