THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL FLOWER TRADE EXPO(IFTEX), 7TH JUNE 2017, VISA OSHWAL CENTRE, PARKLANDS, NAIROBI

SPEECH BY DR. ESTHER KIMANI, MANAGING DIRECTOR, KENYA PLANT HEALTH INSPECTORATE SERVICE (KEPHIS) DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL FLOWER TRADE EXPO(IFTEX), 7TH JUNE 2017, VISA OSHWAL CENTRE, PARKLANDS, NAIROBI

 


Mr. Dick van Raamsdonk, President of HPP Exhibitions

Mr. Richard Fox, Chairperson, Kenya Flower Council

Mrs. Jane Ngige, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Flower Council

Ms. Grace Kyalo, Technical Manager, Horticultural Crops Directorate

Ladies and gentlemen

All protocols observed

It gives me great pleasure to be at this event today, the official opening of the International Flower Trade Expo 2017. I want to congratulate the organizers, HPP Exhibitions, for putting together such an important and key event that has brought together players in the floriculture industry; from growers, traders, merchants, exhibitors and government regulators from Kenya and around the world. Indeed, HPP Exhibitions are a one stop shop for all players in the floriculture value chain to meet together and discuss pertinent issues affecting the flower sector.

Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is the government agency that assures the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to promote food security and sustainable development. Our regulatory and phytosanitary role includes the export of flowers which I am happy to note forms the bulk of plant exports, particularly to our key markets. The export of flowers, together with fruits and vegetables, earns the country billions of shillings in foreign exchange every year. As inspectors, we ensure that only produce that meets the stringent quality requirements of the export market are exported. We ensure the produce is free of pests and diseases, if of the correct shape and size, is packed properly, amongst other requirements. I am happy to say that our globally acclaimed produce is admired and is in demand in our key markets.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are delighted at the prospect of doing business with the USA market, which is as a result of opening of the airspace for direct flights between Kenya and the USA. As KEPHIS, we see a future where the volumes of exports of plants and plant products will increase, thus earning Kenya more foreign exchange.
I would like to reiterate that it is of paramount importance for traders to familiarize themselves with the requirements of plant exports to the USA. This will avoid interceptions or the rejection of produce at border points in the USA. Particularly, we wish to state that plant produce needs to be free of pests and diseases and needs to meet all the requirements of the USA market. Hence, I urge all here present to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the USA Plant Import Permit and phytosanitary certificates. This will make the export process easier and faster.

As a regulator in the agriculture sector, KEPHIS exists to facilitate business and to create a conducive environment for businesses to grow in the plant sector. We therefore urge all flower exporters to work with us in the export of flowers not only to the US market, but also to all other markets around the world.

Lastly, I urge you all to visit the KEPHIS exhibition booth during the three days of this event to engage our staff and to see how we can further be of assistance to you.
Once again, I congratulate the organizers for a good event and wish all you fruitful deliberations during the expo.


Thank you

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