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Training was done by the Safe Use project at first before the coming up of GIFAP. Between the period 1958 – 1971, the largest training that was conducted, branded as successful, was to BAT trainees, they were 25 in number, and this 25, trained 300 District Co-ordinators, whom went ahead to train 3000 farmers. This was all done in a span of four months.

At that time, the trainings were mainly concentrated towards the coffee farmers, since they were the ones that required training on the safe use of pesticides.

On September 6th 1982, it was confirmed that the safe handling of pesticides guideline was being drafted. By 5th November, it was confirmed by the training committee as ready and been rectified by the sub-committee and that it would be ready for distribution by 27th May 1983. Once approved, it was to be translated to Swahili.

Another draft was presented on 28th August 1983; these were pamphlets that would cost Kshs. 8,500 for the artwork for 500 copies. In the meeting, discussing on this issue, it was decided that an order was to be placed for 5,000 and 10,000 copies, and the draft to be sent to members for comments, which would be directed to Mr. Nduati directly.

On 13th April 1991, it was discussed and agreed to that a training programme would be published by AAK and BAT, and the subcommittee was asked to make a programme for May. It was also decided that donors needed to be approached for funding for the training.

On 6th December 1991, the Safe Use project was launched and by May, the project had already trained 200 SMS trainers, 800 farmer trainers and 5200 farmers.

During the meeting of 24th January 1992, responsibilities of training were divided. It was agreed that PCAK would handle training of industry personnel, retailers and the estate sector, while the Safe Use Project (SUP) would handle parastatals, government and farmer’s training.

By 1992, it was reported that the association had already trained 154 trainers, 56,023 farmers and 200 retailers, and by 1993, they had trained 157,000 farmers and 500 retailers.

On 13th May 1994, an issue arose, funding has ceased from Brussels for training, therefore an alternative for it was needed urgently.

During a meeting on 21st April 1995, it was reported that arrangements were being made with the University of Nairobi to hold Industry representative training courses for sales representatives for the smaller firms. The meeting for this was done on 28th –29th August 1995, at Silver Springs Hotel.

On 12th July 1996, it was noted that the association was not being informed of the trainings going on with the Safe Use Project (SUP). It was therefore decided that a programme was to be given to the association in due course before the trainings began so that the association would organise among the members who would attend them to see what was being done. In response to this, the SUP agreed supplied a tentative program to the association to enable interested members to be able to attend.

Another issue came at hand whereby it was felt that training on pesticides was needed to be coordinated through PCPB and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

A set up workshop was to be done in May 2000 for all NGO’s and others involved in Agrochemical training, and this was accomplished and done

By the year 2001, AAK has achieved a lot in terms of trainings in the country of safe use of pesticides. The progress of the association trainings is shown in the table below:

 

Type of Training  Numbers Trained by Year


2003 2004 2005
SMS  1679 1731 1759
TA 3327 3327 3327
Commercial (Spraymen)  3425 4905 5328
Stockist 6239 6323 6351
Farmers 800,000 803,042 804,683
Doctors training 100 100 107
Pest Control Operators - -  10
Technical staff - - 50 
Pastoralist - 1200 1578
Local Leaders 535 535 535
Students 8900 8900 8900
Industrial Form  82 82 82
Livestock (Doctors) 30 60 60

 

 

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