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Kenya tops region on sanitary and Phtytosanitary ComplianceMonday, May 25, 2015 > 11:23:15
(Africa Science News by Cheki Abuje)
The government of Kenya ranks the best in sanitary and Phtytosanitary compliance regionally. This is according to Kenya plant Health Inspectorate services (KEPHIS) latest revelation.
Africa Science News can disclose that in the Eastern Africa block, Kenya tops in phytosanitary matters followed at a distant by Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi respectively.
Addressing participants drawn from Nyanza, Central, Rift Valley and Western regions during a sensitization training on sanitary and phytosanitary and technical barriers to trade on international trade, Mary Githinji said Kenya’s compliance is attributed to the European Union sponsorship to train farmers and exporter on both SPS and TBT issues.
She added that Kenya is the custodian of National Plant Protection Office (NPPO) in the region, serving as the focal point for education on SPS issues to other African countries who are members of world trade organization. In the African continent, Kenya is third best in compliance after South Africa and Nigeria.
According to World trade Organization (WTO) SPS agreement ,phytosanitary measures are applied to protect human, animal and plant health/life against risks arising from pests, toxins and contaminants that increase residue limits in export products’.
Mary noted that despite the challenges developing countries are going through in compliance to sanitary and phytosanitary as well as technical barriers to trade, Kenya has remained steadfast to meeting the internationally accepted standards for its exports especially in horticulture produce to the European market.
African science news has since established that in Kenya, Kephis is the only body recognized by international plant protection convention (IPPC) to issue phyto certificates. The certificate gives details of the exported product.
However, Kenya’s success in compliance is due to joint efforts from Fresh produce Export association of Kenya (FPEAK), United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Standards and Market Access Programme (SMAP), Kenya Beurou of Standards (KEBS), Kenta Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) and Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS).
The United Nation Industrial Organization (UNIDO) maintains that its bid to promote sustainable industrial development by putting Kenya on international market is key for the country’s compliance.
"Our role as Fresh Produce Export association of Kenya (FPEAK) under Standards and Access Market Programme (SMAP), is to ensure Kenya’s horticulture industry remains vibrant on the international and regional markets, and maintain our compliance in SPS and TBT requirements” concluded Francis Wario FPEAK training Coordinator.
He lauded the European Union for funding the project, adding that Kenya’s horticulture sector is meant to double for export following the trainings to farmers, Exporters, agronomists and journalist. Kenya exports only 4 percent horticulture produce to EU market.