Commercial Pyrethrum, Virunga Range, Rwanda

Pyrethrum is a plant that grows very vigorously in the sunlit uplands of northern Rwanda. The plant has evolved a powerful array of defences against attack by insects and scientists have long made use of its properties to develop environmentally friendly insecticides. These pyrethrum flowers will be harvested for use in biologically safe chemical treatments for agricultural use. The project to encourage the cultivation of Pyrethrum and provide the necessary technical inputs was an initiative of the USAID funded NGO, SPREAD, which has been working to drive Rwanda up the ‘value chain’ toward the production of more sophisticated and lucrative commercial crops.