The Star (Nairobi)

12 January 2013

Kenya: We're Using Safe Methods, Says Dominion

US Dominion rice farm stopped using aerial spraying method following persistent complaints from the public on its chemical drift effects.

According to the company's acting Managing Director Chris Abir, they are now using to modern application of Quileatox at the roots of crops using tractors.

The acting director was reacting towards claims by a section of politicians who are allegedly inciting the public that the farm was using harmful farming methods that affects the community and the rare species of birds.

"We have partnered with relevant government ministries to ensure that our farming practices are overboard and friendly to human beings and livestock s," added Abir.

He called on the politicians to create a conducive environment for business to thrive in the county hence attracting more investors.

His sentiments come barely a few months after a local politician incited the community who destroyed the company's property worth over Sh 1 Million prompting Dominion to withdraw a section of its Social-Cooperate responsibility of Sh2 Million annually.

Dominion farm apart from being the major rice producer in the region, supplies the government with fingerlings in the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP).

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