HIGHLIGHTS: KEPHIS Conference

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.

A kephis employee showing a farmer some of their products during the just concluded Conference

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.

Arun K. Singh who is the General Manager of Evergreen Crops. The farm produces fresh herbs mostly for exports. The farm started with 7 acres and currently stands at a 100 acres.
Circled -Mr Okisegere Ojepat who is the CEO of Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK speaking during the conference. Mr Ojepat said last year Kenya exported only 4.5% of all fresh produce grown in Kenya, generating Ksh115 billion. Out of the 4.5% fresh produce exported, 70% were flowers.  Mr Ojepat concluded by saying the export market has a lot of potential.
(Standing) Augustine who is one of the leading herb exporters in Kenya.
Farm Track sells different types of insect traps 
GTI (Genetics Technologies International Ltd) uses stem cell technology to clone plants
Kenya Seed Company Ltd is a state Parastatal that researches, develops and markets field crop and vegetable seeds.
All approved seeds being sold in Kenya must have the seal. Any one can confirm if it’s genuine by sending a text message to the number in the seal. Farmers are advised to only buy seeds with the seal.
A sample plant of a VITAA type of sweet potato. It takes only 3-4 months till maturity.