The Kenya horticulture standard KS1758 part II for fruits and vegetables has officially launched at a Pride Inn Hotel, Nairobi. This follows the successful launch of the KS 1758 part 1 for Flowers and Ornamentals Standard in 2015. The significance of this standard and the role it plays in the facilitation of flowers, fruits and vegetables export cannot be gainsaid. This standard is set to become mandatory for issuance of an export license.
The standard establishes a level playing field and facilitates market access. The implementation of the Standard is a key activity under the Kenya Horticulture Council as a service to members for advocacy and market access.
While handing over the Standard and its Quality Management System, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Eric Chesire representing the Managing Director, Mr. Charles Ongwae said, “Standards provide a common reference point for the assessment of the quality of goods and services and ensure products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality.”
“For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors and increasing productivity. They further help companies to access new markets, level the playing field for developing countries and facilitate free and fair global trade.” He added.
Speaking during the event the Kenya Flower Council Chief Executive Jane Ngige said KS 1758 will enable the Kenya Horticultural Council launched on the same day, to better represent the growers as they will be subscribing to the code of practice complying with local regulations and market requirements.
“Since it is a Kenya Government standard it will affirm that the Government has taken all due diligence over the product and has granted its mark of approval. KS 1758 is going to address confidence issues in Kenya’s products and create a brand Kenya product”. She said.
The launch was sponsored by USAID KAVES and Elgon Kenya Ltd.