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In Kenya, where European agrochemicals dominate, products from China provide a high-quality, lower-cost alternative Farmers and consumers will benefit from Kenya importing more Chinese agrochemicals, which will promote competition and lower prices, according to attendees at a recent trade fair in Western Kenya.

 

The two-day trade exhibition was organized by China International Trade Promotion Council of the Chemical Industry.

 

Those at the fair agreed, however, that more China-backed agrochemical exhibitions are needed to deepen Chinese understanding of the market. It was the first time the organizers held an event in Africa.

 

European brands that often are costly, and sometimes out of reach of small-scale farmers who are the biggest buyers, hold a near monopoly in Kenya, but attendees said that would change with greater availability of Chinese chemicals.

 

Twenty-eight out of the 30 exhibitors at the China International Agrochemicals and Crop Protection Exhibition Africa were Chinese. It let them learn about customer needs and government procedures that had previously seemed like barriers.

 

According to Shengping Zhu, sales manager of Iprochem Co Ltd, research and development has led to sustainable manufacturing of high quality and reliable chemicals. "Our products have proven low residual or little soil activity and this is why we are supplying many global companies," says Shengping.

 

She says they have met stringent requirements of regulators in some African companies.

 

"We have been able to make inroads in Tanzania, Ghana, Sudan, Madagascar and Cote d'Ivoire, where we assist our clients with all the requirements needed for registration. Our clients in 60 countries have been able to do this successfully," she says. Iprochem has 60 registered certificates in China, 20 in Ukraine, 14 in Russia, 300 in Thailand. seven in Vietnam and one in Malaysia.

 

They have yet to acquire a registration certificate in Kenya. "The country is very particular, hence making the process lengthy and stringent as they need detailed reports, some of which we have yet to acquire. Acquisition is costly and a continuous process."

 

She says their African clients are satisfied. "In Madagascar, we have recorded a 100 percent increase in export quantity since we started two years ago."

 

Isabel Dong, a director with the main event organizers, says although their events are globally known, Africa has not hosted one. "We bring together producers and exporters from more than 150 countries every year. But we could no longer ignore the strategic position Kenya holds in the Belt and Road Initiative. This is therefore a start for many more," she says.

 

Stakeholders have previously complained of difficulties in market entry due to lack of clear information in the registration process, she says. "This forum has therefore provided an abundance in information on the agricultural practices used and market potential of the region."

 

(China Daily Africa Weekly 10/01/2015 page20)