Bio-pesticides in focus as safety concerns reshape export trade

A man sprays his crops. When bio-pesticide experts met in Nairobi recently, their objective was to review regional policy and legislation on biological pesticides, which are emerging as an important option in pest and disease control. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Plant pathologist and pesticides expert Virginia Kimani told Seeds of Gold that it is very difficult to prove chemicals’ harmful effects, hence the big debate surrounding their use.
  • This does not only entail delays, but that if the 10 per cent is found to exceed the MRL, the remaining 90 per cent is not sellable, and is destroyed at the exporter’s expense.

When bio-pesticide experts met in Nairobi recently, their objective was to review regional policy and legislation on biological pesticides, which are emerging as an important option in pest and disease control.

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