In Summary
  • Horticulture sector produces more than 7 million Metric Tonnes of fruits and vegetables annually, employs directly and indirectly more than 6.5 million people and provides livelihood for rural households with more than Sh200 billion farm gate value of produce sales yearly.
  • Over the last four years, the Horticultural Crops Directorate in collaboration with FPEAK and Kefe through USAID support have developed a cloud based national horticulture traceability system.
  • The overall result has been Kenya’s horticulture exports crossing for the first time the Sh100 billion mark in 2016.
  • Establishing a sustainable food safety system for the domestic market is an area that needs strategic interventions.

Horticulture is strategic in achieving the country’s Vision 2030 objective of becoming a middle income economy.

The sector produces more than 7 million Metric Tonnes of fruits and vegetables annually, employs directly and indirectly more than 6.5 million people and provides livelihood for rural households with more than Sh200 billion farm gate value of produce sales yearly.

As part of demonstrating the value of the sector and facilitation of better access to the export market, Kenya rolled out a national pesticide residue sampling and monitoring programme implemented by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service in collaboration with Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK), Kenya Association of Fruits and Vegetables Exporters (Kefe) and supported by USAID.

This entails collection of samples based on risk profiling of agricultural zones and analysing the samples in the laboratory.

Some 3,200 samples of fruits and vegetables are tested of pesticide residue annually under the programme.

The regular pre-export sampling and residual analysis has encouraged safe use of pesticides which is validated by significant reduction in interceptions of produce associated with exceedance of pesticides maximum residue limits.

Over the last four years, the Horticultural Crops Directorate in collaboration with FPEAK and Kefe through USAID support have developed a cloud based national horticulture traceability system.

The system has increased transparency and accountability in horticultural supply chain encouraging safe use of pesticides and market confidence in Kenya as a source of safe produce.

This resulted in delisting of Kenyan beans from 10 per cent inspection in July 2015 in the European Union regulations 669/2009 and reduction of pea’s inspection from 10 per cent to 5 percent in July.

MANDATORY TRAINING ON FOOD SAFETY

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