1. GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT AGROCHEMICALS ASSOCIATION OF KENYA
To be leader in the Responsible Use (RU) of public, animal and crop pest control products and protection of the environment.
To build comprehensive, sustainable capabilities of the sound product stewardship of public, animal, crop and environment care.
1.3 Core Values
(a) Professional stewardship in all technical and business issues.
(b) Transparency in all matters related to the industry.
(c) Integrity and reliability in service delivery.
(d) Product stewardship through safe use training.
(e) Service to members on pesticides legislations and regulations.
(f) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
1.4 Role and Mandate
The constitution of the Association mandates it to:
(a) Develop and implement a progressive, effective and sustainable training program in conformity with the Industry needs.
(b) Provide professional product stewardship from manufacture to use and or disposal.
(c) Develop and maintain a sustainable communication system that serves the interests and needs of the members, stakeholders and the public.
(d) Develop human physical and financial resources for the sustainability of the Association’s functions.
(e) Establish linkages for collaboration with Government, NGOs (Local, Regional and International) and other stakeholders in the Industry, on matters of mutual interests and concerns.
The Agrochemicals Association of Kenya (AAK) is the national representative of the International Agrochem Industry represented worldwide by CropLife International (formerly GIFAP). AAK is, therefore, the umbrella organization in Kenya for manufacturers, formulators, repackers, importers, distributors, farmers and users of pest control products (pesticides). The local association has existed in various names with the most recent being Pesticide Chemicals Association of Kenya (PCAK) since 1958. In 2005, the association registered CropLife Kenya as part of the global networking linkage into CropLife International. The Minister of Agriculture is the patron of the association.
The Association through an elected Executive Committee runs the affairs of the Agrochem Industry locally on the basis of the following objectives:
(a) Promoting of public education concerning the use of pesticides safely
(b) Providing an agency for liaison with government and others, on all matters of mutual interest.
(c) Considering and dealing with matters relating to customs duty, registration and labeling of pesticides, setting of standards in pesticides, following safety codes and promotion of the FAO Code of Conduct on distribution and sale of pesticides.
(d) Protecting of common trade interests of its members, where these are concerned with the manufacture, formulation and distribution of pesticides.
(e) Cooperating with all agencies seeking the improvement of Kenyan Agricultural and Pastoral Production and Environment.
(f) Encouraging and promoting just, fair and honorable practice, to oppose malpractice and illegal practices in the operation of the industry.
(g) Working with the government towards the regulation and importation of pesticides into the country and exports out of the country.
(h) Encouraging research in all areas that will improve the effective use of pesticides.
All these objectives of the Agrochem Industry were put in place after the industry recognized that it has social and environmental responsibilities to the consumer, user/worker and environment in general control of pesticides.
1.6 Management of the Association
Membership to the Association is open to those in the following categories:
a) Full Membership (subscription Kshs. 40,000, membership Kshs. 5000 and logo Kshs. 500)
Full membership of the Association shall be open to any person or organization in Kenya whose main business is one of the following:
(i) Manufacturers of active ingredients used in the formulation of agricultural Chemicals and related products.
(ii) Formulators contracted by manufacturers of active ingredients used in the formulation of agricultural chemicals and related products.
(iii)Contracted representatives of manufacturers of active ingredients used in the formulation of agricultural chemicals and related products not otherwise represented in Kenya.
(iv) Local manufacturers, formulators and repackers of pesticides
b) Associate Members (subscription Kshs. 10,000, membership Kshs. 5000)
This shall be open to those persons or corporations involved in the distribution and /or usage of pesticides and related products originating from suppliers described under sub-paragraph (a) above or other sources registered with Pest Control Products Board.
c) Growers & Parastatals (subscription Kshs. 20,000, membership Kshs. 5000)
This shall be open to any grower or farmer or Parastatals engaged in the agricultural production.
d) Non-Resident Membership (subscription US$ 500, membership US$67)
This shall be open to any manufacturer, trader or person who is not based in Kenya but is marketing pesticides through an appointed agent or agents.
e) Agriculture Research, Training and Consultancy (subscription Kshs. 20,000, membership Ksks. 5000)
This shall be open to researchers, trainers and consultants in agriculture field.
NB- Find the list of Members for 2016 attached.
1.6.2. The Executive Committee
(a) The Executive Committee of AAK is responsible for the management of the Association. It is composed of the following:
- Assistant Treasurer
- 4 members representing full members
- 2 members representing associate members
- 3 co-opted members
- Ex-Officio member (immediate former chairman)
- Secretary ( Chief Executive Officer)
b) Sub-Committees of the Executive Committee and Responsibilities
(i) Ethics, Liaison and Sustainability
a. Maintain ethical practices among members
b. Provide an agency for liaison with government and others
c. Lobbying and advocacy
d. Fake and counterfeit products management
e. Smuggled products management
f. Legislation and Regulations
g. Affiliations to local, regional and international organizations
h. AAK Constitution Review
(ii) Finance and Administration
a. Monitoring and evaluation
b. Human resource management
c. Capacity building
d. Data management
e. Debt and credit management
g. Finance and Administration Issues
h. Accounting Systems Review
j. Maintenance of sound budgets and controls
a. Curriculum development
b. Coordination of all training activities
c. Promotion of public education concerning the safe use of pesticides.
d. Working with other organizations dealing with training
(iv) Environment and Safety
a. Environmental conservation
b. Waste management
c. Labelling pictograms and colour codes
d. Poison information and emergency management centres.
e. Personal protection and equipment standards development
f. Transportation requirements of pesticides.
g. Packaging standards.
a. Public relations
b. Publicity of Association activities through print and electronic media
c. Awards and media campaign
d. Co-ordination of Annual Dinner
(vi) Distribution, Recruitment and Accreditation
a. Recruitment of new members
b. Accreditation of dealers, sales representatives, transporters, label printers and other people involved in pesticides
(vii) Animal Health
a. To advise AAK on all matters of animal health in collaboration with the Director of Veterinary Services, Pharmacy and Poison’s Board and Pest Control Products Board.
b. Acaricide use and disposal.
c. Curriculum for training in animal health.
(viii) Pest Control Services
a. Coordinate regulatory aspects for pest management organizations.
b. Implement code of conduct for pest management organizations
c. Identification and training on needs for pest control organizations.
d. Development of accreditation scheme for the pest management organizations.