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Pests Control Products Board
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Regulator seeks pesticide makers to tame crows

Indian crows currently tormenting hotel operators and traders at the Coast could soon be wiped out after pesticide manufacturers were asked to make a pitch for products to be used against the birds.

The move to eliminate the Indian crows (kunguru in Kiswahili) will see a new avian poison licensed for sale across Kenya.

Regulatory agency, Pests Control Products Board (PCPB), issued a notice inviting pesticide manufacturers to pitch their products for use in eliminating the birds.

Chief executive Peter Opiyo said they planned to consider favourably avian poison for registration and commercial distribution as the birds had become a nuisance, especially at the Coast.

“The bird has spread in the coastal region and may invade other regions. The PCPB intends to register pesticide products for the control of the Indian house crow,” said the notice.

Describing the bird as an invasive foreign bird, Dr Opiyo said his office had received numerous complaints from Kenya Wildlife Service and other stakeholders that the bird had become a nuisance.

The birds were reportedly introduced in Kenya by the then colonial government in 1947 to control rubbish but the increasing human population saw dump sites quadruple leading to more crows.

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