Patrice Ngenga (standing), FPEAK’s Technical, Standards and Compliance officer trained participants in Kitui, on the Horticulture Code of Practice, KS 1758: Part 2 Fruits and Vegetables in July 2021 as part of the rollout in 12 counties, sponsored by RTI International, managers of the Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems (KCDMS).
“We are initially targeting 300 county trade and agriculture officers. After this, we intend to train a further 300 FPEAK members, traders and KCDMS partners,” said Ngenga. The counties already completed include Kitui, Makueni and Taita Taveta. The remaining counties are on hold due to the Ministry of Health directive on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The adoption of the KS1758 standard addresses food safety, plant health, worker safety and welfare and environmental conservation in the production of fruits and vegetables. It guides on different requirements of production and handling of horticulture produce across the value chain. It applies to all players or operators involved in the primary production, processing, transportation and marketing of fruits and vegetables in Kenya.
Photo credit: Thomas Waita
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