Achievements of The Agrochemicals Association of Kenya (AAK), its members and its partners.
The misconception regarding pesticide usage can be eliminated through training on safe and effective use of pesticides. The Association has in the past conducted training of farmers, pastoralists, stockists, industry staff, health workers and extension agents. Through CropLife International and its predecessors, the Association has trained over one million farmers, pastoralists, extension agents, distibutors and stockists. The training has been facilitated through joint partnerships with the Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Health.
The Association with Lake Naivasha Growers Group initiated a successful program for the collection of pesticide containers with the objective of assisting the horticultural growers meet international standards for export market. Through the program over 2 million pesticide containers were collected and disposed of safely. This initiative has now been extended to cover other parts of the country.
The Association in collaboration with the Pest Control Product Board, the Pharmacy and Poison Board, the Ministry of Health, the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital initiated a poison information and management program. The program has succeeded in:
(a) the development of a pesticide poisoning management chart
(b) the training of a number of doctors and pharmacists on pesticide poisoning,
(c) the establishment of Poison Referral Centre at Kenyatta National Hospital, and the establishment of two toll-free numbers based at the centre.
Poison Information Center Located at: Kenyatta National Hospital Toll Free Lines: 0800 - 730030, 0800 - 720021
The Association has initiated an afforestation program to support tree planting in addition to the successful annual environmental award program that recognizes organizations and individual efforts in environmental conservation.
In addition, the association has continued support for regional integration of the pesticide industry. This has been exhibited by the AAK commitment to the East African collaboration and support of the harmonization of the pesticide registration in the East and Southern Africa. AAK is the convenor for the ongoing integration process for the East African Industry Association. With a well organized regional institution, the industry will be able to continue with the fight against smuggling and adulteration of the pesticides.
The Association has successfully established and operationalized a levy fund to enhance and sustain industry activities AAK has also launched a program with sector ministries to strengthen the farmer / pastoralist field support services.
AAK has continued to support new technologies in the field of agricultural production. These include the support for biotechnology and integrated pest management. The Association supports the Bio safety principals as articulated in the Bio safety policy. AAK successfully negotiated with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU_IBAR) on the commercialization and privatalization of ECF-ITM through the Technology Group of East Africa Limited (TEGEA) as the vehicle for vaccine distribution.
In Kenya, the association has demonstrated its resolve to promote product stewardship through the member companies. The commitment with which the members of the Agrochemicals Association of Kenya have shown in promoting training of farmers and pesticide distributors as well as participation in the disposal of obsolete pesticides and containers is testimony of the level of commitment to the course. These achievements are exemplified by AAK winning the Golden Trophy for Quality, New Millennium Award for Excellence in Service in Paris, France in 2000.