Friday, September 20, 2019

 Kenya has completely phased out the use of Methyl Bromide a substance widely used as a fumigant against pests on high value crops and which depletes the ozone layer resulting to global warming.

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The cordinator of the National Ozone office in the MEWNR, Mr. Marindany Kirui giving a roadmap on the phasing out of Methyl Bromide in Kenya

The cordinator of the National Ozone office in the MEWNR, Mr. Marindany Kirui giving a roadmap on the phasing out of Methyl Bromide in Kenya

l Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe disclosed that Kenya joined other countries of the world in complying with the International convention demanding the total phase out of the chemical by January 2015.

Methyl Bromide is a substance that was widely used in developing countries as a fumigant to control pests on high value cereals like maize, beans, rice and others. It is also used to fumigate soils to control pests. The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) was the biggest user of the substance in Kenya.

The Montreal Protocol which Kenya is a signatory is a treaty signed by over 160 countries to protect the stratospheric ozone layer, which protects the earth from harmful solar radiation. The Protocol controls global production and trade of ozone depleting substances. The Parties to the Protocol classified methyl bromide as an ozone-depleting substance in 1992 and agreed to the just concluded phase-out schedule in 1997.

The protocol agreed on gradual reduction of the substance in phases before the total phase out in January 2015.

Dr. Lesiyampe in a statement read on his behalf by a Senior Assistant Director of Environment Mr. Dan Marangu during the handover of grain preservation equipment to NCPB, said the use of alternatives to Methyl Bromide had enabled the world reduce destruction of the ozone layer. Its destruction also exposes human beings to harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) assisted the phase out program by providing equipment worth Ksh. 450 million. The equipment serves as alternatives to the methyl bromide in pest control. They include phosphine generators and chillers.

he cordinator of the National Ozone office in the MEWNR, Mr. Marindany Kirui giving a roadmap on the phasing out of Methyl Bromide in Kenya

he cordinator of the National Ozone office in the MEWNR, Mr. Marindany Kirui giving a roadmap on the phasing out of Methyl Bromide in Kenya

The Managing Director of the NCPB Mr. Newton Terer ,receiving the equipment described the phase-out programe as a milestone having been implemented in Nakuru, Kisumu, Bungoma and Moi’s bridge grain silos. He added that the equipment was instrumental to NCPB in improving the integrated pest management system.

The UNIDO representative in the handing over ceremony Mr. Riccardo Savigliano confirmed that all countries who were signatories to the montreal protocol had already phased out the use of methyl bromide.

He said that UNIDO had assisted 80 percent of the countries; signatories of the protocol achieve the phase out.

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