November Issue 4 2012

National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) meets flower growers in Hotel Cathy Nakuru on 26th October 2012

n 26th October 2012, Nema held a workshop for KFC members to provide a feed back on the issues that had been put together by KFC office and forwarded to the NEMA office in April 2012.

During the KFC Technical Committee held in March 2012, the committee had invited a NEMA officer to provide guidance on the effluent and solid waste management issues that had arisen during the KFC audits. The NEMA officer informed the KFC technical committee that NEMA had planned a meeting with the flower producers to sort out arising issues on compliance. The meeting was to be held in June 2012 but it was finally held in October 2012 between 9.00am to 1.00pm.

NEMA provided participants with meals and drinks after the meeting.

The number of persons who attended were 49; 40 from the KFC farms, 3 from KFC and 5 from NEMA including the director General, Prof Geoffrey Wahungu. The meeting was held at Hotel Cathy conference room.

NEMA provided a list of the issues raised by the farms and the way forward on the each of them for example:

  • Reduced the charges on the effluent waste as provided by gazette notice number 84 whose copy was given to the
  • farms.
  •  That NEMA was in the process of reviewing the organic waste regulations plus the fees.
  •  The Authority in process of preparing the guidelines on Economic Instruments to facilitate the incentives issue.
  • The Authority has prepared an inspection manual and guidelines for carrying out control audits. And has also
  • prepared SOPs under ISO: 2009.

The detailed NEMA meeting feedback report is available at the KFC office.

The director general promised the KFC members that NEMA will co‐operate with KFC to ensure success on the compliance levels and of the KFC audits. He invited KFC CEO to agree on possible areas of co‐operation.

Invitation to Sponsor –Rock the Jazz for Kijabe by EAWL North Lake Branch

Invitation to Participate in:-
The North Lake Branch (Green Park) is the youngest and smallest branch of the EAWL and In 2013, we plan to raise money for the AIC Kijabe Hospital ICU in recognition of the wonderful work that this hospital does to help thousands of Kenyans from every walk of life every year and, in particular, as thanks
for the wonderful care they rendered to Titch Edwards when he was so ill.

Because of its location, this hospital is the first point of medical aid for, not only the surrounding area, but for medical emergencies and traffic accidents on the very busy Nairobi/Nakuru Highway.

The hospital is in urgent need of an MRI Scanner for their very busy Intensive Care Unit and, with that in mind, we plan to hold a black tie dinner dance with a jazz band, to be called “Rock the Jazz for Kijabe “,on Green Park, North Lake

We are hoping that the flower farms around the lake will join hands and help us to achieve this goal by, collectively, sponsoring the event to the modest amount of Shs 25,000.00 each. Sponsors would receive recognition on the posters, raffle tickets and on the night.

With sponsorship, ticket sales, raffle sales and the proceeds from the bar, we would be able to pay for the BAND; THE FOOD; THE MARQUEES; THE WINE; SECURITY; ABLUTION AREAS; LIGHTING AND DECORATION – ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE USED to enable us to raise sufficient funds to help finance
the scanner for the ICU.

To Flower growers that would like to participate towards this noble cause.

Please contact Val Corr with your pledge at: ( / 0734 913049)

Chairman Organising Committee


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