The Kenya Flower Council is happy to report that the review of the Horticulture Code of Practice – KS 1758 has officially been kicked off by KEBS. The first technical committee meeting of this review was held on 22nd January 2015 at KEBS headquarters, under the National Technical Committee on Agriculture.
While standards are ideally reviewed after 5 years, or shorter if there is need, the Horticulture Code of Practice – KS 1758 of 2004 has gone for over 10 years without review. With the ever changing industry dynamics in production, marketing, and the consumer demands, the standard requires updating to tackle the current challenges of sustainability and facilitate trade.
The review has been initiated by the Kenya Flower Council after the successful National-wide Compliance Mechanism project, funded by the Dutch Government, with comprehensive consultations with stakeholders. The project provided a draft copy of the Horticulture Standard specific to Flowers and Ornamentals, which was handed over to KEBS for consideration during the current review. The reviewed standard has an extended scope bringing on board Breeders, Propagators, Shippers and Cargo Handlers who are all important in the value chain for wholesome compliance and sustainability.
The draft standard shall be discussed further by the KEBS Technical committee before it is distributed to all stakeholders for a 60 day Public Review Phase.
KFC shall keep you informed on the progress.