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

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