Seed Certification Services

KEPHIS' activities and services involve offering inspectorate services on all matters related to plant health and quality control of agricultural inputs and produce.

Introduction
The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is a State Corporation established in October 1996. The Corporation's activities and services involve offering inspectorate services on all matters related to plant health and quality control of agricultural inputs and produce. The activities include:

  • Certification of the quality of seeds and fertilizers.
  • Testing and monitoring the presence of harmful residual agro-chemicals on agricultural produce, soils and water systems.
  • Co-ordination of the release of superior and well-adapted varieties/cultivars to the farming community.
  • ¬†Protecting the rights of the breeders/discoverers of new plant varieties through grant of rights to the owners of such varieties and registering them.
  • ¬†Preventing introduction into the country of harmful foreign weeds, pests and diseases through adherence to strict quarantine regulations and procedures.
  • Inspecting and grading agricultural produce for import and export to ensure that they are of high and acceptable quality.
  • Implementing the national policy on the introduction and use of genetically modified plant species, insects and microorganisms in Kenya.

THE PROCEDURES FOR SEED CERTIFICATION
The above activities of KEPHIS are undertaken at four regional offices based at its Headquarters in Nairobi, and Regional Offices at Mombasa, Nakuru and Kitale. Seed certification as stipulated in the Seeds and Plant Varieties Act (Chapter 326) of the Laws of Kenya ensures that only high quality seed of crop varieties are available for use by the farmers. The process of certification involves the following activities:

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