Training of Farm Sprayers, Proposed Date: 24th & 25th November 2016 at KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi

Production of horticultural crops is faced with numerous challenges, such as presence of pests that need some form of pest control to reduce economic damages. Lack of adequate skills and knowledge in spray application has led to use of unapproved pesticides, overdose, negative impact on non-target pests, environment and under dose of pesticides resulting to produce rejections and interceptions hence losses to exporters and growers. A follow up of the cause of rejections, positive lab detections and interceptions due to pesticide residues revealed the following: •Weak internal checks in some farms to curb noncompliance due to exceedances of pesticide residues. •Lack of knowledge on MRLs for destination markets and requirements on pesticide residue analysis. •Lack of established farm level quality system •Lack of competent or adequate technical team The training 1. Participants are expected but not limited to technical staff in the horticulture industry i.e. Agronomists, technical assistants, sprayers, technical managers and consultants. 2. Timeframe for the training is 2 days (1 full day for theory to be done at KEPHIS and 1 full day for practical to be done on farm and an exam). The theory work will cover 5 power point presentations i.e. Regulations and compliance, traceability, registration and use of PPPs and food safety.
Expected output
1. Proper selection of pesticide, equip operators with spraying techniques and record keeping skills at farm level with emphasis on correct dosing of crops
2. Need to develop internal pesticide residue plan and quarterly checks band conduct analysis an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory.
Proposed Content of the training
Theory work (Day 1): (a) Regulation and compliance (HCD, FPEAK, KEPHIS) Local regulations; EU regulations; Asian Regulations (China, UAE); Other compliance regulations for key African countries offering market to Kenyan produce (b) Traceability (HCD) Policy/procedure on traceability; Farmers contracts/list (PS I or PS II); Block labeling; Documentation and record keeping. (c) Registration and use of PPPs (PCPB) Labeling; Safe and effective use of PPPs; Environmental protection and waste disposal; Banned PPPs; Alternative PPPs; (d) Food safety (KEPHIS) Plant Health aspects in production of crops; Pesticide residue analysis; MRL setting; Compliance requirements for new companies indenting to start export business Sampling for pesticide residue analysis (KEPHIS)
Practicals (Day 2): 
Spray and sprayer calibrations (each to develop own data) 
Sampling 
Cost of Training: KShs. 10, 000 per participant to cater for training materials and meals (excluding transport and accommodation) Note: Accommodation is available in KEPHIS.
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