THE INSECTICIDE RESIDUE PROBLEM IN EXPORT PRODUCTION OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS IN EAST AFRICA
The main problem is the production of vegetables and fruits for export with pesticide residues which are within the tolerances of the importing countries. There is an increasing awareness in many countries of the possible content of pesticide residues in imported foods and imported plant products are checked by residue analyses at an increasing rate. If residues exceeding the mandatory tolerances are found in products from East Africa, difficulties are likely to arise in the export programme.
However, it is impractical to have strict regulations governing insecticide usage in crops scheduled for export and another standard for crops used elsewhere. The safe use of pesticides in export production depends on the application of definite recommendations in all fields of chemical pest control. The problems associated with export crops are, therefore, interwoven with the other aspects of pesticide problems outlined above.