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,
Upcoming News & Events
- Launch of the Plant Import & Quarantine Regulation System (PIQRS)
Launch of the Plant Import & Quarantine Regulation System (PIQRS)
Kenya’s agricultural sector is a major consumer of imported and exported fruits, flowers, vegetables and propagation material which includes seeds for sowing. Most of these imports come through the sea port of Mombasa and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Kenya imports fruits and vegetables from countries such as South Africa and Egypt.
The bulk of plant products imported into Kenya consist of propagation material (plants for planting), seeds, vegetable oil seeds, fruits and grains for milling and relief food. In 2012-2013, approximately 290, 906, 859 tonnes of plant produce was allowed entry compared to 512, 311.8 tonnes in 2011-2012.
- Launch of the Automated Support System for the Importation of Phytosanitary Consignments 5th March 2015
KEPHIS will be launching the Automated Support System for the Importation of Phytosanitary Consignments in early March.
The bulk of plant products imported into Kenya consist of plants for planting (propagation material), seeds, vegetable oil seeds, fruits and grains for milling and relief food. Between 2009 and 2011, an annual average of 648,769.30 tonnes of plant material was imported into Kenya whereby 23,986 Plant Importation Permits (PIP) were issued.
The current plant import regulation process is manually supported through paper documents. This process is time consuming, inefficient and lacks proper tracking mechanism to enable surveillance of quarantine material. This puts the horticulture industry at risk and it becomes an obstacle in ensuring increased production and high quality agricultural products.
- Eldoret National Show 4th-7th March 2015
KEPHIS will once again take part in the Eldoret National Show scheduled from the 4th-7th March 2014. Eldoret is the main town in Uasin Gishu County, has an international airport and is growing in importance as a major hub in the Rift Valley.