Issue 1 November 2010

Training on Safe Use and Handling of Agrochemicals

Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSHS) has requested Kenya Flower Council to strictly insist on training that is done by an institution recognized/registered by DOSHS during their audits in the farms.

According to DOSHS, some producers normally train with chemical manufacturers and suppliers who for the purposes of the law are not recognized since they are not registered by the Director – DOSHS.

This is expected to go a long way in the promotion of sanity in this field of training. At the same time, there will be an assurance of quality   training since these institutions are answerable to DOSHS.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act 2007 and the Legal Notice 60; Factories And Other Places Of Work(Hazardous Substances) rules of 2007 requires that every workplace must ensure that chemical handlers are trained on safe use and handling of chemicals.

Pursuant to section 15(2) of the above rules, the training must be undertaken by competent persons. A competent person refers to an institution registered by the Directorate of

Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSHS).

EAC-EC-EPA comprehensive negotiations roadmap

The preparatory meeting for the review of the EAC-EC-EPA comprehensive negotiations roadmap was held at the Ministry of Trade on 4th November 2010. KFC participated in the meeting.

The participants were informed that the negotiations are being conducted under the following clusters:

1.      Market access: The rules of origin and rules protocol text have been prepared.

2.      Trade and services: Rules and discipline text has been prepared.

3.      Development: 96 % of the text is ready only the matrix on the co-operation areas is outstanding.

4.      Trade related issues:  this cluster covers trade and environment and public procurement. The meeting was informed that EAC has never negotiated with EC in this area. EC was reported to be pursuing a similar agenda with WTO.

5.      Legal: The text on institutional framework has been prepared while private sector text has not been prepared. It was observed that it is not possible to complete the cluster text until all the other clusters are complete. The text will serve as the regional resource for EAC text.

6.      Agriculture: A regional text has been prepared and agreed by the EAC states. The text has been handed over to the EC; however, there is no official response from EC. A study commissioned by the EC was carried out in May 2010 on the impact of EPA on Agriculture. The meeting agreed that although the study did not affect the text on agriculture it is however, very necessary to study the report and include any issue that is necessary in the text in the next meeting.

The Ministry of Trade officials informed participants that agricultural products within the EAC are excluded from liberalization. The meeting was also informed that before the preparation of the text several studies on the impact of EPA on Kenya’s agriculture were done and result findings of the studies were incorporated in the agriculture text. Since the agricultural products are excluded from liberalization the EPA negotiations are focusing on the co-operation and subsidies. The trade ministry will provide the list of the sensitive products excluded from liberalization in their Website for public consumption.

The negotiations between EAC and EC on the proposed EPA are expected to be begin early next year after the EAC final meeting to harmonize the text from all clusters that will be held in January 2011 at Kampala Uganda as per the roadmap in place. The EPA is expected to allow agricultural products from EAC to continue to enter EU without payment of tariffs.

Deferment of preparatory meetings for the Kenya- Dubai week 2010

The preparatory meetings of the Kenya-Dubai week have been postponed till next year. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this was reached upon consultations and taking into consideration the progress made by the inter agencies consultative meetings for the Kenya-Dubai week.

The Directorate of Economic and External Trade will in subsequent correspondence advise on the next steps.

Everyone depends on Lake Naivasha

IS magazine published by NCDO and  funded by the Dutch government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department Development has published an article about Lake Naivasha and the work WWF and CARE are doing together with the commercial growers in Naivasha.

“The largest freshwater lake in Kenya, home of hippos and birds of prey, is also vital for growing flowers and small farmers in the area. WWF promotes responsible water which has economic importance and conservation of biodiversity as much as possible together.”

For the full story follow the link below:

JICA/EPC Trade Training Programme for SME exporters: Phase 11 beginners Course, November 2010

The export Promotion council in Collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be implementing phase II of the JICA/EPC Trade Training programme for SME Exporters starting November 2010. The training in this phase has been structured into modules for beginners, intermediate and advanced exporters to address the export knowledge and skills requirements of the various levels of small and medium enterprise exporters. The beginners’ course will be conducted in November 2010 as below:

Town venue Date
Nairobi Sarova Panafric Hotel 3rd to 5th and 11th to 12th November 2010
Malindi Eden Roc Hotel 10th to 12th and 18th to 19th November 2010
Nakuru Merica Hotel 22nd to 24th 29th to 30th November 2010

The course will cover the following:

  • Basics of marketing
  • Defining business ideas
  • Developing a marketing plan
  • Getting and retaining customers
  • Quality and production control.
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Conducting a business audit
  • Exploiting internet and ICT for business.
  • Export logistics and documentation.
  • The roles of banks and forwarding agencies.
  • Export payment and settlement methods.
  • Risk management and insurance
  • Export incentive

The total payment for the five days is Kshs 2,500 per participant to be made before the event by cash or bankers check to Export Promotion Council. Course materials will be provided and certificates will be awarded to participants who attend the training for all five days and participate for a minimum of 80% of the time.  Previous participants of trade training under phase I of the programme need not to attend.

To confirm your participation kindly contact Kenya Flower Council on .

Growing your business to the next level

The Royal Netherlands Embassy, in conjunction with KEPSA, KAM and FKE are organizing a business event which will bring together Kenyan entrepreneurs to discuss their successes.  This will offer participants advice on how to grow their businesses to the next level and will be a good networking forum. The meetings will be held in 3 locations as follows:-

Nairobi     – 9th November 2010    – 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mombasa     – 16th November 2010   – 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kisumu      – 18th November 2010  –   10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You are invited to participate in this event in a location(s) of your choice.  Please confirm your participation to FKE for the attention of Mr. Charles Nyangute at

1st Lake Victoria Basin Investiment forum – 5th – 8th December 2010

The Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) an institution of the East African Community in collaboration with the National Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) of the East African Community Partner States is organizing the 1st Lake Victoria Basin Investment Forum scheduled to take place at the Malaika Beach Resort, Mwanza, United Republic of Tanzania from the 5th to 8th December 2010.

The forum is organized as part of the efforts of the EAC to achieve the designated status of the Lake Victoria Basin as an Economic Zone. To this effect the theme “Realizing Socio-Economic Benefits From Investing In The Lake Victoria Basin” builds on the massive investment potential; and opportunities in the basin, that are enhanced by the EAC Common market protocol that came into effect on 1st July 2010.

The forum will focus on different sectors namely:

Ø  Transport and communication.

Ø  Tourism.

Ø  Agri-business and fisheries

Ø  Trade and industry.

Ø  Investiment led research an development

Ø  Mineral resource of the basin.

Participants will have a chance to exhibit their products and services at an exhibition that will run parallel to the plenary sessions of the forum. In addition, there will be side events and excursions where participants can also register.

For more information on the forum visit

A company on the move

Utility Trailer Sales of Kansas City, Inc. was founded in March 1986 and from its inception, the top products were researched and obtained for our customers. They are a full line manufacture for commercial, construction, agriculture, energy and custom trailers. The common thread that runs through the fabric of these product lines is the extreme high quality of the finished product.

The company is a full service Heavy Duty trailer dealer. They are franchised trailer dealer for Utility, Clement, HilBilt, XL Specialized and Merritt Hopper trailers, as well as dump truck beds manufactured by Clement and HilBilt. Through special partnerships, the company also sells stainless tank trailers, belt trailers, livestock trailers, and various vocational
truck bodies.

Located at Kansas City, KS, in the United States of America, the company has a parts department and a modern 12 bay shop that is dedicated exclusively to trailer repair. To keep abreast with demand they always have over 100 new and pre-owned trailers in stock for immediate delivery.

In addition, they also sell the “Utility” brand refrigerated trailer. They have also penetrated to other parts of the world with Trade Tropics, and International Management Company being in charge for the marketing and the various exportation operations in Africa.

Beside trailers, Trade Tropics provide agriculture equipments like tractors, planters, balers, harvesters, tillage, chemical applicators, specialized crop equipment, product transportation equipment, and storage, handling, and processing equipment.
For more information visit or

Emergency Plus Medical Services (E-PLUS) is a commercial company whose core business is provision of advanced life support ambulance services round the country. They  are highly specialized in provision of emergency rescue services and standby ambulance services for events and sports. With a professional career background in Professional Ambulance Services, E-PLUS is uniquely qualified to offer professional ambulance services with a depth of expertise currently unavailable in Kenya. Recent events have put the issue of disaster preparedness and management squarely on the spotlight, the need to ensure that we are adequately prepared to manage disasters cannot be overemphasized.

The High Roof Hiace The Land Cruiser The Interior of the ambulance

Services and products:

The Rescue Membership: The rescue membership is to provide their clientele and their dependants with ambulance rescue cover. The service is also extended to any visitor within the farm premises in case of an emergency.

First Aid Training: Their training is internationally recognized due to wide experience of the staff and practical application sessions. The First aid training by the E-PLUS has aaccreditation by Directorate of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) and give internationally recognized certificates. Training can be designed to suit different needs in various institutions and work places. They offer occupational first aid training, health and safety audit, fire safety audit

Types of Training

Type of Training Duration Cost pp (KShs.)
Occupational First Aid 24 hrs ( 3days) 4,000
First Aid Training & Fire safety 24 hrs (3days) 6,000
Basic Life Support (BLS) 16 hrs ( 2days) 5,000
Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) 24 hrs (3 days) 10,000
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 32 hrs (4 days) 12,000
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 32 hrs (4 days) 20,000
Health and Fire Audit 5,000/hr
Emergency Medical Technician Training School 9 months 100,000

First Aid Kits

They include:

  • Personal kit
  • Car kit
  • Universal kit
  • Occupational kit
  • Mini Car/Bus Kit

NB: E-PLUS also introduced Airline Preventive Kits and also refill the First Aid Kits contents

Profits generated from E Plus products and services go to a Disaster Kitty in order for Kenya Red Cross to better respond to disasters

For more information visit :

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