Participants at the workshop both from the public and private sector
A stakeholder consultation meeting organized by Agrochemicals Association of Kenya in collaboration with the State Department for Trade and enterprise development (SDT & ED) was held at Eka hotel, Nairobi. The meeting agenda included the discussion on shortlisting of Mancozeb, Chlorothalonil among many other active components used in fungicides. Kenya relies extensively on this chemical compound to control fungal diseases (e.g in the control of Late blight in potatoes – Phytophthora infestans ). Despite the barn of the compound, Kenya has not yet developed an active and effective alternative component to replace Mancozeb.
The meeting was timely in planning the way forward and drawing recommendations for mitigating any risk occurrence in the future following the South Africa-EU dispute on trade, and also the World Trade Organization notifications issued. In attendance were NPCK, National SPS (Sanitary and phytosanitary measures) and TBT (Technical Barriers to Trade) committees KEPHIS (Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service), KEBS (Kenya Bureau of Standards), CGA ( Cereal Growers Association), KENAFF ( Kenya National Farmers Federation), PCPB and crop life Ghana.