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The Kenyan government and the Ministry of Agriculture have been accused of planning to shift farmers out of agriculture by commercialising the country’s agriculture sector.

Through a new agricultural policy, the country will see the increased use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers among Kenyan farmers. This is despite claims that some of the pesticides used in Kenya are harmful to human health and the environment.

The agricultural sector transformation and growth strategy (2019 – 2029) titled, “Towards Sustainable Agricultural Transformation and Food Security in Kenya” is interpreted as seeking to commercialise Kenya’s agricultural systems which will not only reduce the resilience of local communities to produce more food but also increase the contamination of the country’s natural resources by chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

Read: Why Kenya should withdraw harmful agrochemicals from the market

Claire Nasike, Greenpeace Africa’s Campaigner, says that the use of fertilisers and pesticides not only …