Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is the government parastatal whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the economy,
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- The International Phytosanitary Conference Report
The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) specifies that contracting parties agree to cooperate in the development of international standards.
- KEPHIS to Automate Seed Certification Processes Through Funding Project
Westlands, Nairobi - KEPHIS has received USD 450,000(KES 45,000,000) from Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) to help it automate its seed certification systems, integrate KEPHIS import and export systems and train stakeholders in the seed industry and staff as part of the change management process.
The financing agreement was signed in Nairobi by the MD KEPHIS Dr. Esther Kimani and TMEA’s Senior Director of Trade Environment, Richard Kamajugo.
While thanking TMEA for the gesture, Dr. Kimani said that centralizing and managing the seed data management processes will ease interactions between KEPHIS which is Kenya’s seed industry regulator and the seed industry. She noted that the project is coming at a time when farmers and the public are realizing the importance of planting certified seed for enhanced harvests leading to food availability and security
KEPHIS MD Dr. Esther Kimani and TradeMark East Africa’s Senior Director of Trade Environment, Richard Kamajugo after signing the financing agreement in which KEPHIS will automate its seed certification processes
The envisaged System will hasten the issuance of seed certificates to traders resulting in enhanced access to trade and market information, where information availability and traceability is expected to improve.
Dr. Kimani reiterated the trickle down effects to farmers. “The farming community will be assured of quality certified seed that has gone through stringent quality assurance processes. We envisage a reduction of fake seed in the market and high demand for certified seed, “she said.
The expected outcome of this project will be improved administration of trade related documents, increase KEPHIS’s productivity and reduce the cost and time associated with processing and issuing of permits/certificates. Traders will now find it easier to access information as the digital platform will eliminate the need for physical interaction.
The project is for three years and will be implemented by KEPHIS in partnership with TMEA.
- Training of Farm Sprayers
The horticultural exports in 2015 were valued at over Kshs. 91 billion (Source: HCD). Kenya is the leading exporter of horticultural produce to the European Union (EU). There are challenges linked to non-compliance to market requirements leading to pests, exceedances of pesticide maximum residue limits (MRLs) and documentation related interception. Hence this training is focused on farm sprayers in the horticultural industry to enhance skills and knowledge in the use of registered pesticides, right dosages application and provide advice on picking produce after the pre-harvest interval (PHI).
Proposed Date: 24th & 25th November 2016
Venue: KEPHIS Hq; Karen, Oloolua Ridge
Time: Starting 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Cost of Training: KShs. 10, 000 per participant to cater for training materials and meals (excluding transport and accommodation).
- KEPHIS Wins Again at the 2016 Kitale National Show
Kitale showgrounds, Trans Nzoia County – KEPHIS once again took top honours at this year’s Kitale National Show. The Organization was first in two categories, namely:
- KEPHIS Scoops Top Prizes During Kabarnet Agricultural Show
Kabarnet, Baringo County – It was top honours again for KEPHIS during the Kabarnet show where the Corporation scooped top prizes. The Corporation got first position in The Best Regulatory Authority Stand. Other prizes were:
- Kephis Shines at 2016 Nairobi International Trade Fair
This week we are at the Nairobi International Trade Fair at Jamhuri Park show grounds, so take some time and come to our stand. KEPHIS has made available varieties of climbing beans, sweet potato, wheat, barley, Rhodes grass, African nightshade (managu), among others and these all contribute to food availability in the country.
- East African Legislators Praise KEPHIS Efforts in Protecting Kenya’s Plant Resources
KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi - The East Africa Legislative Assembly-Kenya Chapter-has praised KEPHIS for setting high standards in its operations, placing the Corporation way ahead of its peers in the East Africa region.