Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is a government parastatal whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the economy, the environment and human health. All seeds sold and grown in Kenya must be approved by KEPHIS. The parastatal also is mandated certify all food exports from Kenya.
The parastatal offers various services at a fee to the general public such as:
- Testing the fertility of soil with recommendation i.e the farmer will be advised on how treat the soil if found to be infertile.
- Analysis of irrigation water i.e the water a farmer wishes to use for irrigation is tested for impurities such as heavy metals and sewerage contamination.
- Analysis of agricultural produce for pesticide residue plus other contamination i.e if any one wishes to find out whether the tomatoes, mangoes, bananas, Sukumawiki they consume is safe or not, KEPHIS can do the analysis.
- Water Analysis i.e anyone can take a sample of tap water to be tested whether its safe for drinking or not.
Highlights of the just concluded conference at Kephis Centre in Karen.