Synthetic farm chemicals boost harvest

Pesticide is sprayed on a maize plantation in Turbo, Uasin Gishu County, on June 19, 2018. Various experts have ranted against synthetic pesticides and fertilisers. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Independent science-based regulatory agencies around the world have comprehensively evaluated glyphosate-based herbicides and found them safe to use in accordance with label directions.
  • In Kenya, reputable scientists have backed the continued use of glyphosate-based products, insisting that they have no undue health risks, including cancer, to the Kenyan public.

The three-day first International Conference on Agroecology Transforming Agriculture and Food Systems in Africa, held recently at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, attracted more than 500 participants from across the world.

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