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.
He also sought to find out the challenges faced by agricultural regulatory agencies at the border post and offer solutions.
KEPHIS serves Busia county and other clients plying between Kenya and Uganda. The KEPHIS border office enforces sanitary and phytosanitary requirements by inspecting and issuing relevant documents for import and export of plants, plant produce and regulated articles. Busia border is an important entry point for cereals and fruits into Kenya.
The CS was taken through the process and requirements for imports and exports. He was also shown Plant Import Permits (PIPs) and phytosanitary certificates as some of the vital documents issued to traders after complying with the requirements of importing agricultural produce to Kenya and exports to other destinations.
Other departments present and KEPHIS works with were the National Biosafety Authority, Public Health, Kenya Revenue Authority, Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Agriculture and Food Authority, Kenya Police Service and the Immigration department.
The Inspector-in-Charge at KEPHIS Busia office Mr. Festus Nyaga(right) explains how KEPHIS facilitates cross border trade at the Busia One Stop Border Post to the CS
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr Willy Bett(3rd left) and Teso South MP Hon. Mary Emase(2nd left).