Drive out of tough EU sample rule mounted
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service Managing Director James Onsando (left)Agriculture permanent secretary Dr Romano Kiome (right), and his head of IT David Mbarani at a past event. Kephis managing director James Onsando said the rule that requires 10 per cent sample of horticulture products to be analysed has slowed down trade with the European Union and cut volumes by about 30 per cent, threatening to reduce earnings from the top foreign exchange earner. Horticulture contributes 36 per cent of gross domestic product from the agricultural sector.
What this means is that you are taking more samples, hence more exigencies,” he said. He said the reason for listing was because the EU had revised the residue levels for some of the pesticides, which is harder for the farmers to meet.
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