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How To Reduce Pesticide Use Through Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

By Kabuba Purity Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has since become a buzzword in the floriculture industry. It is the ideal concept to subscribe to and everyone aches to be seen either as an adopter or advocate of IPM. Nevertheless, beyond…
Pesticide Residue & Heavy Metals Analysis

Pesticide Residue & Heavy Metals Analysis Update

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Our business is offering fast and reliable laboratory analyses.  Our partners in the Netherlands are continuously working on improvements to pesticide screening. This week they have extended and improved…

Changes in EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [October 2018 Update]

By Ruth Vaughan October 2018 A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published. These regulations will become active in June 2018 and January 2019. These changes include both reductions and increases of the MRLs. Regulation…
Organic farming

OPINION: Organic Farming Solution To Africa's Food Security Situation?

Wednesday, 5th September On Monday we asked for your thoughts on the proposed 16% VAT Tax on pesticides. Increased tax on pesticide is a sure way of killing Agriculture, most people said. Some suggested maybe it's time we learn to live without…
16% VAT on pesticides

OPINION: To Impose 16% VAT On Pesticides Is Baffling And Self-defeating

By Evelyn Lusenaka The Tax Laws (Amendment) Act 2018 ought to be properly interrogated to avoid killing agriculture, the goose that lays the golden egg for the economy. It threatens food security and jobs. The proposal to apply 16% VAT on…
Food we eat

OPINION: The Food We Eat Should Inspire Joy, Not Fear

By Jonathan Bardzik Food brings joy. Although lately it feels like food also brings a lot of fear and confusion. What should and shouldn’t we eat? There are seemingly endless new rules and opinions about what will make you healthy and what…
Fall armyworm pesticide

The Big Fall Armyworm Experiment: We Have The Results

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, MSc. Agriculture 10th August 2018 Earlier in the year in #ThinkAgronomy I presented the results from a study of Fall Armyworm that I undertook, examining the effectiveness of different insecticides. One…
Neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoids: Banned In Europe, But Available In Kenya, Why We Should Be Worried

By Dr. Silke Bollmohr, PhD, Environmental Science The European Commission recently banned three of the most widely applied insecticides due to the risk they pose to bees and other pollinators. The April ban on thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and…
European Union neonicotinoids ban

EU Neonicotinoid Insecticide Ban: How Will It Affect Us?

By David Jones, CropNuts BroadAcre Agronomist On Friday 27th April the European Union voted to ban the use of neonicotinoid insecticides in all outdoor crops. Although this may seem a distant concern here in Africa, the impact could be far…

Agrobacterium - The Rose Grower’s Nightmare

Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a rod shaped gram negative motile bacteria that lives in the soil.  It has flagella that allow it to swim through moisture films in soil and on plants.  On its own its harmless, but when combined with the Ti plasmid…