With increasing concerns on food safety in terms of pesticides residues both locally and internationally, the Agrochemical industry through its stewardship program has embarked on supporting reduction of residues through the promotion of pest control technologies which are safer. The industry aims to do this through county level workshops and expos aimed at improving farmers’ access to and effective use of agricultural inputs among other services. Through this, the Agrochemicals Association of Kenya (AAK) has signed a partnership agreement with Kenya Market Trust (KMT) to offer a platform where all the stakeholders can come together and jointly participate in forums that will see a large number of farmers and extension officers impacted through the concerted effort and at the end, the risk towards human health, the environment and exceeding of the maximum Residue Levels will be greatly reduced.
The Project Goal and focus will be to promote dissemination of information on the latest products and technologies by intensifying and expanding ongoing farmer support in good agricultural practices. The partnership aims to build capacity of key stakeholders and farmers in Pest Control Technologies. It will give an opportunity for the industry to showcase different technologies in pest control. AAK will be the lead partner in the implementation of this forum. It is anticipated that the proposed concept will be implemented in 10 counties in 1 year and will be launched on 11th November 2016. The spread of knowledge by inputs suppliers will be achieved through annual county level workshops and technology demonstrations.
One key outcome of the project will be to sensitize stakeholders in the Horticulture Industry to support reduction of pesticides residues through presentations from key stakeholders and through exhibitions by AAK members in the 10 counties.
The launch of the activities aimed at transforming the Horticulture sub-sector in Kenya will take place at a breakfast meeting to be held on Friday 11th November 2016 at Serena Hotel, Nairobi.