The KEPHIS Laboratory Complex Officially Unveiled

 

KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto officially opened the KEPHIS laboratory complex today, with a call for plant exporters to use synergies that the government has created to access new markets to sell their horticultural produce. The DP officially opened the laboratory complex that was constructed at a cost of approximately KES 250 million from 2009 to 2014 and majorly funded by the European Union (EU). The laboratory will assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce destined for the key EU market which includes flowers, fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs. The DP said the laboratory will use the latest technology to test and approve the right quality of produce that meets the EU market requirements and also seeds, soil and fertilisers before distribution to farmers in Kenya. He further stated that the country needs new markets in Asia, America and other areas adding that he was pleased that the country now had other markets such as Australia and China where Kenya's horticultural produce is being exported to.
"We are happy that we have now markets in Australia and China but we need to have more markets," he reiterated, adding that having new markets will drive Kenya's industrialization.
KEPHIS as an institution will drive plant trade and assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce going forward," he said.
Mr Herbert Perr, the Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Kenya stated that the trading bloc is charged with the responsibility of safeguarding consumer health and safety, resulting in strigent market requirements.
"In this regard, the EU provides support to important source markets, Kenya included, to meet these requirements to guarantee free flow of produce and ensure market stability is maintained," he concluded.
Finally, he thanked the EU for enabling the construction of the state of the art facility.

 

 

 

 

 

Deputy President William Ruto cuts the ribbon to officially

open the KEPHIS Laboratory Complex at Headquarters, Nairobi

 

 

 

Above and top: Deputy President William Ruto inside the Analytical

Chemistry Laboratory which is part of the KEPHIS laboratory complex

 

Avocado Production to Uplift Standards of Living in Kirinyaga County

General Kassam Stadium, Kirinyaga County - Kirinyaga County is one of the most agriculturally productive areas in Kenya. Agriculture is the county's main economic activity, with 87% of the population deriving their livelihood from the sector. Crops grown include tea, coffee, rice, maize, beans, bananas and various types of fruits and vegetables. However, in the spirit of diversification, there is need to plan for alternative agricultural and other sectorial interventions to boost the region economically. It is against this backdrop that KEPHIS and the county government held a farmers training and field day to teach and educate farmers on the good agricultural practices of avocado production. The training focused on crop production, compliance to market requirements and access, nursery certification, pest management and the varieties required for international market access.
The Guest of Honour at the field day was H. E. Peter Ndambiri, the Deputy Governor who urged residents to work closely with KEPHIS in the production of avocado.
"Diversifying to other crops will upscale your incomes hence your standards of living," he stated.
KEPHIS MD Dr. Esther Kimani, who read the speech for the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Willy Bett, urged the farming community to grow varieties that are in demand internationally such as the Hass variety.
"Also ensure you practice agriculture as a business to enhance your incomes," she advised.
Over 300 farmers attended the event where over 1000 seedlings were distributed to enable them begin the process of avocado production.

 

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Deputy Governor, Kirinyaga County H.E. Peter Ndambiri (right)

plants an avocado tree to mark the official launch of avocado

farming in the county

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KEPHIS Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr Wycliffe Murwayi plants an avocado tree to mark the official launch of growing the fruit in Kirinyaga County

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Managing Director KEPHIS Dr. Esther Kimani (left) planting an avocado tree to mark the official launch of avocado growing in Kirinyaga County

 

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Deputy Governor H. E. Peter Ndambiri of Kirinyaga County presents an avocado seedling to a representative of a farmer group during the official launch of avocado farming in Kirinyaga County

KEPHIS Initiates Process of Training Private Seed Inspectors for Food Availability

KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi – KEPHIS has started the process of training and authorizing private seed inspectors who will carry out inspections of seed crops countrywide. 19 representatives from seed companies namely Kenya Seed Company, Pioneer Hybrid, Agribase, Dryland Seed, East Africa Seed, Agricultural Development Corporation and Gicheha Farm are attending the two week training at KEPHIS Headquarters that includes theory and practicals.

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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.

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KEPHIS Hosts Senior and High Level Government and other Stakeholders To Foster Corporation and Enhance Linkages

KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi – KEPHIS hosted senior and high level government staff and other stakeholders to discuss and explore ways of working together to execute her mandate.

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