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1949: Pest Control Ltd becomes the first company to set up shop in Kenya.

1958: With the increase in number of products and companies, 5 founder members established the Pesticide Chemical Association of East Africa as a channel for engagement with government, their distributors and for promotion of ethical business practices

1977: The collapse of the East African Community saw the association change its name to the Pesticide Chemicals Association of Kenya (PCAK).

1980: Pesticide Chemicals Association of Kenya (PCAK) registers its logo as a sign of quality .

1982: The Pest Control Products Act, Cap 346 was enacted to regulate the importation, exportation, manufacture, distribution and use of products for the control of pests and the organic functions of plants and animals and for connected purposes

1984: The PCP act is operationalized.

1991: With the assistance of GIFAP, the safe use project is launched. Under the project, over 1,000,000 small scale farmers, agricultural extension personnel and pesticide distributors received training.

1997: The Pesticide Chemicals Association of Kenya name was changed to Agrochemicals Association of Kenya (AAK) to reflect the widening interests of its members.

2005: CropLife Kenya is registered as an affiliate of AAK to facilitate the international collaboration with global pesticide institutions in the aspects of industry sustainability. AAK thus became an affiliate of CropLife international

The Chairmen of the local Agrochem Industry Association over the years are:

MR. N.A. TOMALIN1958, 1959, 1960
MR. N. A TOMALIN1962, 1963
MR. PHILIP K.S. CLINTON1969, 1970, 1971
MR. H.W. STORM1972
MR. J.M. PADDOCK1973, 1974
DR. J. K. NDETI1975
MR. H. M. G. HENSON1976
MR. I. A. BROWN1977
MR. R. H. HOOD1979
MR. T.K. NJUE1981, 1982
MR. J. WAINAINA1983, 1984
MR. C. G. MBUTHIA1985, 1986
MR. T. K. MUTISO1987, 1988
MR. R. COMBES1989, 1990
MR. JOHN W. MATHARE1993, 1994, 1995
MR. O. K. NGINJA1996, 1997, 1998
MR. J. WAINAINA1999, 2000, 2001
PROF. VASEY MWAJA2002, 2003, 2004
MR. GITAU MACHARIA2005, 2006, 2007
MR. D. K. KAGWE2008, 2009
MR. A. K. OTIENO2010, 2011
MR. KURIA GATONYE2012, 2013, 2014

Key Achievements

For almost five decades now, the association has been a major spring board for advancing agricultural interests in the country.  Since its inception, the association in collaboration with the government and other stakeholders has successfully promoted safe, effective, environmentally friendly and profitable use of pest control products in Kenya.

Therefore the achievements of the Agrochem industry include:

(a)   Safe Use Training

The misconception regarding pesticide usage can be eliminated through training on safe and effective use of pesticides. The Association has in the past conducted training of farmers, pastoralists, stockists, industry staff, health workers and extension agents. Through CropLife International and its predecessors, the Association has trained over one million farmers, pastoralists, extension agents, distibutors and stockists. The training has been facilitated through joint partnerships with the Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Health.

(b) Empty Pesticide Container Collection Progress

The Association with Lake Naivasha Growers Group initiated a successful program for the collection of pesticide containers with the objective of assisting the horticultural growers meet international standards for export market.  Through the program over 2 million pesticide containers were collected and disposed of safely.  This initiative has now been extended to cover other parts of the country.

(c) Obsolete Pesticide Safeguarding Project

The Association in conjunction with CropLife International and The Ministry of Agriculture is taking the inventory and safeguarding of obsolete pesticides in the country. (ongoing).

(d) Poison Information and Emergency Centre

The Association in collaboration with the Pest Control Product Board,  the Pharmacy and Poison Board, the Ministry of Health, the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital initiated a poison information and management program. The program has succeeded in (a) the development of a pesticide poisoning management chart (b) the training of a number of doctors and pharmacists on pesticide poisoning, (c)  the establishment of Poison Referral Centre at  Kenyatta National Hospital, and the establishment of two toll-free numbers based at the centre.

(e) Promotion of Better Environment

The Association has initiated an afforestation program to support tree planting in addition to the successful annual environmental award program that recognizes organizations and individual efforts in environmental conservation.

(f) Industry Government Partnership

The Association collaborated with the Pest Control Products Board in the amendment and development of new Regulations under the Pest Control Products Act.

The regulations include:

– The Pest Control Products (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations, 2006.

– The Pest Control Products (Licensing of Premises) (Amendment) Regulation, 2006.

– The Pest Control Products (Importation and Exportation) (Amendment) Regulations, 2006.

– The Pest Control Products (Disposal) Regulations, 2006.

– The Pest Control Products (Labelling, Advertising and Packaging) (Amendment) Regulations, 2006

– Development of Industry Quality Mark together with PCPB and Kenya Bureau of Standards.

(g) Regional Integration of Pesticide Industry

In addition, the association has continued support for regional integration of the pesticide industry. This has been exhibited by the AAK commitment to the East African collaboration and support of the harmonization of the pesticide registration in the East and Southern Africa. AAK is the convenor for the ongoing integration process for the East African Industry Association.  With a well organized regional institution, the industry will be able to continue with the fight against smuggling and adulteration of the pesticides.

(h) Industry Sustainability

The Association has  successfully established and operationalized a levy fund to enhance and sustain industry activities AAK has also launched a program with sector ministries to strengthen the farmer/pastoralist field support services.

(i) Promotion of New Technologies

AAK has continued to support new technologies in the field of agricultural production. These include the support for biotechnology and integrated pest management. The Association supports the Bio safety principals as articulated in the Bio safety policy. AAK successfully negotiated with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU_IBAR) on the commercialization and privatalization of ECF-ITM through the Technology Group of East Africa Limited (TEGEA) as the vehicle for vaccine distribution.

(j) Product Stewardship

In Kenya, the association has demonstrated its resolve to promote product stewardship through the member companies. The commitment with which the members of the Agrochemicals Association of Kenya have shown in promoting training of farmers and pesticide distributors as well as participation in the disposal of obsolete pesticides and containers is testimony of the level of commitment to the course. These achievements are exemplified by AAK winning the Golden Trophy for Quality, New Millennium Award for Excellence in Service in Paris, France in 2002


(a) The agrochemical industry continues to face new challenges each day. Some   of the present challenges include disposal of plastics, packaging materials, pesticide containers, pesticide wastes and cleaning of some “hot spots” contaminated by pesticides over the years.  The cost of handling such challenges is high and with limited financial resources, this is a huge task for the industry.  The association completed an empty pesticide containers survey during 2008 and identified the nature and scope of the problem. The association in collaboration with other stakeholders will formulate strategies to handle pesticide containers in the future.

(b) Also, most recently the risk of reintroducing DDT use in region remains a major threat to the Kenyan agriculture.  Even though Kenya Government has taken a commendable position of rejecting use of DDT, the product can find its way into the country through the porous borders that we share with other countries. The industry in collaboration with other stakeholders has to step up the search for integrated approach to deal with the problem of malaria control.

(c)   The other challenge is the increase of the counterfeit pesticides in the market. This poses a major risk to the country in terms of obsolete pesticide build up in addition to the economic loses to the farmer, industry and the country. In order to meet these challenges, the agrochemical industry continues the pursuance of sustainable pesticide management systems through collaborations with other stake-holders. This will remain the focus for the Agrochemicals Association of Kenya in order to ascertain its future.