A National Validation Workshop on the NMC Revised Kenya Standard 1758

The Kenya Flower Council will hold a National Validation Workshop to review the revised Kenya Standard 1758 (with specific reference to Cut flowers and Ornamentals) under the National Mechanism for Industry-wide compliance (NMC) project. The Workshop will be held on August 28, 2014 at Morningside Office Park along Ngong road Nairobi from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm.

NMC is spearheaded by Kenya Flower Council to support the Kenya Flower Industry in assuring sustained access to international markets, by developing and implementing a national system for industry-wide compliance with the existing regulatory framework without introducing new burdens on the sub sector. At the same time, bearing in mind that the function of regulation and marketing has been devolved to the counties while the Ministry retains the policy and capacity building portfolio under the new governance dispensation.

The project is motivated by consistent reports and concerns raised by various stakeholders that more work on assurance of compliance needs to be done, amidst a myriad of both public and private tools governing the regulation of the cut flower industry in the realm of labour standards, protection and stewardship of natural resources

In this regard, KFC with support from the Dutch Government initiated the revision of the Kenya Standard 1758 published in 2004 as good practices in the production of horticultural produce but with specific reference to flowers and ornamentals. In addition, the scope has been expanded to include the breeders and propagators; consolidators; shippers and cargo handlers.  Following the review, the standard will be presented to the Kenya Bureau of Standard (KEBs) for formal adoption.

Kindly send your confirmations to kfc@wananchi.com   or call 020 2679268, 0733 639523.

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