The Netherlands government is set to engage over 300 Kenyan horticultural produce growers and exporters to the European Union (EU) and Australian markets in formulating strategies towards curbing pests and diseases which have led to the rejection of the country’s products at international markets.
The experts from the Kwaliteits-Controle-Bureau (the Dutch Quality Control Bureau) and the Nederlandse Voedsel en Warenautoriteit (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) have pitched tent in Nakuru County where they will also participate in the forthcoming 17th edition of The Naivasha Horticulture Fair.
Richard McGonnell, the chairman of the fair observed that some of the pests and diseases that afflict horticultural produce particularly the False Codling Moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta) (FCM) are classified by the EU as ‘quarantine pests or diseases’. This effectively renders agricultural produce from infested farms ineligible for the lucrative market.
“We believe that it is valuable to invest in the early detection of pests, like the False Codling Moth (FCM) at farm level and prevention of spread throughout the value chain. These experts have years of experience handling flowers from Kenya at import at airports,” said McGonnell.