Kenyan exporters fight bid for pesticide ban

Fresh produce exporters have joined agro-chemical dealers in protesting efforts by Parliament to ban the use of “harmful” pesticides in Kenya.

Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) says the majority of horticulture and flower farms depend on pesticides and a ban would signal the death of the industry.

“If the petition succeeds and becomes a law, hundreds of flower producers and smallholder farmers will have to bear the brunt,” said FPEAK chief executive officer Hosea Machuia.

A petition by Uasin Gishu Women Representative Gladys Shollei, currently before the departmental committee on health, seeks to ban all products classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, endocrine disrupters and neurotoxic.

Read more at Business Daily (Kevin Rotich)

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