KEPHIS's 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.

General information

The key services of the department are; Variety testing and release (NPT, DUS), Plant Variety protection (PBR), Seed Certification, Authorization of persons and trade facilitation. Other support services include; coordination of seed industry, capacity building of staff and stakeholders and farmer advice

Core mandates include;

  • Implementation of the Seeds and Plant Varieties Act (CAP 326)
  • Regulate matters relating to plant variety protection, seeds and plant varieties
  • Implement plant variety protection in Kenya, administer plant breeders’ rights and maintain the Plant Breeders’ Rights Register;
  • Undertake plant variety testing and description, seed certification;
  • In consultation with other relevant agencies, develop and implement standards for seed and plant material;
  • Register and license seed merchants, seed growers, agents and any other person who may require to be registered under the provisions of this Act.
National Crop Variety Kenya - 2020
National Crop Variety Kenya - 2020

View the National Crop Variety list - Kenya 2020