Pyrethrum Shortage


Natural Pyrethrum in Short Supply

Natural pyrethrum is in extremely short supply.   That is the word from distributors.  It has now become impossible to acquire this product and there is no supply on the horizon.  The problem is related to both climatic conditions in Australia, as well as unrest in Kenya.  These are the two sources of natural pyrethrum. 

Products from Prentiss, Whitmire and MGK are all unavailable.  MGK no longer has Riptide in stock and is recommending Evercide or Sector.   http://www.patiocomforts.com/natpyrsprayc.html.  Distributors in Europe are also reporting that they are out of stock.

Check out this article about the disruption to the pyrethrum trade from Kenya: http://allafrica.com/stories/200802111845.html

Neither of these problems have short term solutions.  PCOs will need to be more creative and find other ways to obtain the benefits that pyrethrum offered and examine carefully the liabilities inherent in the alternative approaches available.

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One Response to Pyrethrum Shortage

  1. Kevin Caskey says:

    MGK is actually well supplied with Pyrethrum. MGK does not rely on Kenya as a source for Pyrethrum, thus our supply has not been interupted.
    The dilemma is that we do not have enough Pyrethrum to make up for our competitors’ lack of supply.

    Since there is a 18-24 month lead-time between planting flowers and harvesting them to extract Pyrethrum, we are unable to immediately make up the difference between Kenya’s shortfall and overall market demand.
    MGK supplied more Riptide to the market in 2008 than we did in 2007. We will supply at least that amount of Riptide to the market in 2009.
    In order to insure a smooth product flow and discourage hoarding, MGK is allocating Pyrethrum to existing distributors and relying on them to decide which of their customers will be supplied.
    Since we did not want to leave the marketplace without viable options to Riptide, MGK launched Sector to cover the gap between our supply and the overall market demand.

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