Kenya holds most 'good' food certificates in Africa for EU export

Kenyan farmers have accumulated the highest number of good practice certificates for their farm products in Africa, to a European Union standards body has said.

Such certifications indicate that the country’s products meet the minimum requirements for food safety and hygiene, making it easy to export to the European Union and other regions.

Although there are many certification bodies, the German-based Global GAP said Kenyans have received the most of their certifications in Africa. Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi said Global Gap is one of the most sought-after standards in the international markets.

“Kenya takes pride in having the most certifications on Global Gap in Africa. The certification scheme provides an opportunity for Kenyan farmers and exporters to meet the high standards required for the global market,” he said in a speech read by Livestock PS Harry Kimtai.

“Our research institutions that, include the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Karlo), continue to generate practical, affordable solutions on good agricultural practices,” he added.


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