Pesticide ban after EU threats

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KENYA was banning the use of some chemicals on farms and stepping up inspections to avoid increased sanctions on its fresh produce exports to the EU, its agriculture minister said yesterday. The EU has set a deadline of September 30 for Kenya to cut the chemical residues in exports, to comply with the bloc’s guidelines, or risk sanctions on exports of its cut flowers, fruit and vegetables. Kenya earned 83.4 billion shillings (R10bn) from horticulture exports last year, the Ministry of Planning said. – Reuters

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