Kenya, once the world’s leading producer of pyrethrum, the natural ingredient used in the manufacture of insecticides and other pesticides, has seen the production of the crop drop drastically due to delayed payments of crop deliveries and lack of proper management within the sector. Chinese investor Li Changhong, the Director of DLI International Trade Limited, currently investing in reviving the pyrethrum farming in central Kenya, is convinced the revival of the crop offers the world an environmentally-safe pesticide…Full Article: Oct 2015

Key Points

  • According to the Director of DLI International Trade, he has leased 150 ha of land in Kijabe, Kiambu County, central Kenya. Over the next two years, the director hopes to expand pyrethrum plantation to 3,000 ha into neighboring Nyandarua County.
  • In the 1980s, Kenya reportedly produced 100,000 MTs of pyrethrum annually. Currently, its pyrethrum harvest totals roughly 10,000 MTs.

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  • The insecticide properties of pyrethrums are primarily located in its flower head. In the late 1940s and 1950s, Kenya accounted from approximately 65% of world’s supply of pyrethrum. Currently, other notable producers include Rwanda, Tanzania, and Tasmania.

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