Kenyan growers are divided over efforts by lawmakers to bring their regulations on pesticides in line with the EU’s Green Deal. Industry groups warn that a ban could affect over €1 billion of production.
The East African country’s agriculture sector could lose more than Sh150 billion (€1.2 billion) if the ban on the use of agricultural chemicals comes into force, argues the Tegemeo Institute of Research and Policy, based at Egerton University, an agriculture specialist institute in Central Kenya.
“If the ban is effected, then Kenya will have no alternative but to become a net importer of food to meet the needs of its people as a substantial amount of food will be lost,” said Egerton’s Timothy Njagi.
Aligning with EU pesticide rules would help farmers and growers wanting to export to the EU, but could cause problems for subsistence farmers and smallholders who do not. The lion’s share of Kenya’s exports to the EU is represented by agriculture commodities, accounting for more than 90% of the total export value.
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