It is interesting to learn that in the US, they are serious about the misuse of pesticides. On 27 May 2009, the Portland Business Journal reported that five Malheur County onion growers were fined $180,000 for pesticide misuse – specifically Furadan and Basagran. That is equivalent to KShs 13.5 million! Now that is what I call enforcement.

In Kenya’s case, even after FMC announced the withdrawal of Furadan, and instructed the local dealer Juanco to buy back all stock in the market, birds are still being killed in Bunyala, and lions in the Mara. The case in the Masai Mara has all the tale-tale signs of Furadan poisoning but it is yet to be confirmed that it is Furadan.

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The fact that implementation and enforcement in Kenya is lax should however not stop lobbyists from pushing for the total ban on Furadan. The incomplete withdrawal of Furadan should indeed motivate the lobbyists to get the government to ban this lethal chemical. A ban would make it illegal hence that much expensive to buy. We should not forget that Furadan is the poison of choice for retaliatory herders targeting predators and bushmeat hunters looking for a quick buck because it is cheap. Making it more expensive should give predators, raptors, scavangers and gamebirds a break.

You can take action. The issue of banning Furadan in Kenya is coming up in Parliament on Tuesday (hopefully). Therefore, just go to nothoney’s blog, write a letter of protest and post it to the Ministers concerned so that when the discussion comes up in Kenya’s parliament, they will support the proposed ban.

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It is interesting to learn that in the US, they are serious about the misuse of pesticides. On 27 May 2009, the Portland Business Journal reported that five Malheur County onion growers were fined $180,000 for pesticide misuse - specifically Furadan and Basagran. That is equivalent to KShs 13.5...
It is interesting to learn that in the US, they are serious about the misuse of pesticides. On 27 May 2009, the Portland Business Journal reported that <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2009/05/25/daily12.html">five Malheur County onion growers were fined $180,000 for pesticide misuse</a> - specifically <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbofuran" target="_blank">Furadan </a>and Basagran. That is equivalent to KShs 13.5 million! Now that is what I call enforcement. In Kenya's case, even after <a href="http://richardleakey.wildlifedirect.org/2009/04/08/wildlifedirect-welcomes-fmc%e2%80%99s-withdrawal-of-furadan-from-kenya/" target="_blank">FMC announced the withdrawal of Furadan</a>, and instructed the local dealer Juanco to buy back all stock in the market, <a href="http://stopwildlifepoisoning.wildlifedirect.org/2009/05/26/poisoned-pigeon-in-bunyala-caught-on-video/" target="_blank">birds are still being killed in Bunyala</a>, and <a href="http://stopwildlifepoisoning.wildlifedirect.org/2009/05/28/another-lion-poisoned-in-the-mara/" target="_blank">lions in the Mara</a>. The case in the Masai Mara has all the tale-tale signs of Furadan poisoning but it is yet to be confirmed that it is Furadan. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugoA-hOy9Js&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] The fact that implementation and enforcement in Kenya is lax should however not stop lobbyists <a href="http://www.kenyaimagine.com/68-Environmental-Issues/Ecology-and-Climate-Change/Naivasha-MP-to-Push-for-Furadan-Ban.html" target="_blank">from pushing for the total ban on Furadan</a>. The incomplete withdrawal of Furadan should indeed motivate the lobbyists to get the government to ban this lethal chemical. A ban would make it illegal hence that much expensive to buy. We should not forget that Furadan is the poison of choice for retaliatory herders targeting predators and bushmeat hunters looking for a quick buck because it is cheap. Making it more expensive should give predators, raptors, scavangers and gamebirds a break. You can take action. The issue of banning Furadan in Kenya is coming up in Parliament on Tuesday (hopefully). Therefore, just go to <a href="http://nothoney.com/2009/05/27/ban-furadan-poison-in-kenya-to-save-wildlife-urgent/" target="_blank">nothoney's blog</a>, write a letter of protest and post it to the Ministers concerned so that when the discussion comes up in Kenya's parliament, they will support the proposed ban.