Saturday, December 10, 2005

Agriculture: Kenyan agro-chemical industry hit by EU guidelines

The Kenyan agro-chemical industry is losing around Sh3 billion (US$0.04 billion), annually because of strict chemical use guidelines set by the European Union.

Under current EU guidelines, exports to the EU must meet specific limits of post-harvest chemical levels, resulting in low chemical use by farmers.

All Africa, reports that Jungei Wainaina, the Managing Director of Junanco SPS agro-chemical company, said: "This trend is worrying because we are witnessing a shrinking market and increased sale of fake chemicals".