Kenyan farmers switch to low agchem use greenhouses
Kenyan vegetable growers are switching to the use of tunnel greenhouses in an attempt to meet EU pesticide maximum residue limits on food exports, newspaper Daily Monitor reports. The use of such greenhouses allows for fewer pesticide applications, the newspaper explains. Some 90% of Kenya’s food exports head for the EU, and small-scale vegetable growers had been hit by lower demand from the EU due to the credit crisis, higher pesticide costs, and the tracing by EU authorities of residues to such farmers. Exporter association and farmer groups are providing training in the use of the greenhouses, and pesticide compliance. The use of tunnels has increased the amount of crop able to be sold to the EU from 15% of produce from open fields to some 98%, the newspaper adds.