Pyrethrum agency warns counties to keep off its land

Pyrethrum agency says it is not leasing out its land. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Pyrethrum agency says it is not leasing out its land. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Pyrethrum Processing Company of Kenya (PPCK) has raised the red flag over encroachment on its land in various counties.

The firm has fixed assets such as land in most of the 18 pyrethrum growing regions worth in excess of Sh4 billion at the current market rate.

Pyrethrum is grown in more than 15 counties. These are Nakuru, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kiambu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot and Nandi. Others are Baringo, Laikipia, Narok, Kericho, Bomet, Kisii, Nyamira, Bungoma and Meru.

PPCK acting managing Director Paul Lolwerikoi notified the public that the firm was not selling or leasing parts of its land to outsiders.

“All parcels of land belonging to PPCK are under the custody of the firm and I wish to alert the public that anybody entering into sale or lease agreement will be doing that at their risk,” said Mr Lolwerikoi.

One of the firm’s largest piece of  land is the 800 acres in Oljororok and several prime plots in Nakuru and Nairobi among other places.

The MD said some counties were entering into agreement with potential investors who want to set up pyrethrum processing factories in their counties without consulting them.

“As far as PPCK is concerned we have not leased any land to the counties to grow or put up a factory and we urge the counties to seek advice from the firm before entering into any agreement,” said Mr Lolwerikoi.

However, he said that PPCK will work closely with the county government to speed up the revival of the sector which is struggling due to lack of planting materials.

“We are encouraging county governments to buy planting materials for their farmers so that the sector can be revived and the Nakuru factory will have enough flowers to crush,” said Mr Lolwerikoi.