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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- KEPHIS staff ,integrity assurance officers after their quarterly meeting at headquarters
KEPHIS staff who are integrity assurance officers after their quarterly meeting at headquarters, Nairobi. The officers, drawn from all the regional offices, meet to learn how to mitigate against corruption in the work place.
- KEPHIS E-Pest Portal
The Kephis E-Pest Portal is aimed at sensitizing the different Stakeholders about identification,growth stages,
movement in trade ,impacts and control measures of different pests affecting the agricultural industry in Kenya
with the aim of maintaining sustainable food security in the country.
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- CABINET SECRETARY WILLY BETT’s PHYTOSANITARY VISIT TO THE KEPHIS BUSIA ONE STOP BORDER POST
Busia - The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Willy Bett visited the Busia One Stop Border Post (OSPB) to familiarize himself on the import and export of plants, plant material and regulated articles and the role of KEPHIS in facilitating cross border trade.
- Ol Choro Field Day Shows Barley Farmers How to Manage the Brome Grass Weed
Ol Choro, Narok County - As a regulator in the agriculture sector, KEPHIS organizes and takes part in farmer field days countrywide to sensitize farmers on the importance of using certified agricultural inputs such as seed, water, fertilizer and soil and to show farmers the importance of managing pests and diseases on their farms for good yields.
- 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).