CROPLIFE Zimbabwe, formerly Agricultural Chemical Industry Association (ACIA), has lined up intensive training programmes for the agrochemical and animal hea
lth industry, chairman Paulo Goncalves has said.
“We have received a positive response from the agrochemical and animal health industry for the training of trainers workshops which are conducted in conjunction with Croplife International. In fact we have a full house for the first course,” Goncalves told a breakfast meeting this week.
The training programme consists of four five-day workshops for trainers who would be engaged in training agrochemical and animal health personnel and farmers.
The national association’s current initiatives include the accreditation course, safe use training, provision of safe use posters, the development of sector handbook and the train the trainer programme.
Goncalves said the name change was a “means of extending ourselves and in line with the global recognition afforded by the new name Croplife International.”
Croplife Zimbabwe has a corporate membership of 26 in both the crop chemical and animal health fields, which include Agricura, Bayer Crop Science, Caps, Chemplex Animal Public Health, The Cotton Company of Zimbabwe, among others. Smaller companies and individuals also make up the association’s valued associate membership.
Under the new Croplife Zimbabwe banner, the association would continue with its mission to communicate with all stakeholders in the agrochemical industry, whilst also educating consumers on safe and best use practices for agro-chemicals, the chairman said.
Croplife Zimbabwe is part of the Africa/Middle East regional hub incorporating Southern/Eastern Africa, West Africa and North Africa/Middle East.