KENYA – AFA’s outgoing Ag Director-General Willis Audi has officially handed over to the incoming Ag. Director General, Grace Kyalo.
The handing over ceremony was presided over by the AFA Board Chairman, Hon. Cornelly Serem, witnessed by the Secretary Administration in the State Department for Crops Development, Harun Khator, OGW, Head of State Corporations –MOALD, James Wanjohi, and other senior management staff.
“Agriculture and Food Authority fraternity thanks the outgoing Ag. DG Willis Audi for his contribution to the organization and the agriculture sector at large. We wish him well as he begins the next phase of life,” outlined the LinkedIn post.
VDG Group, a horticultural consulting and trading company, shared in congratulating Ms. Grace Kyalo citing their appreciation for the support and partnership they had with Mr. Willis in promoting Kenya Pyrethrum in the EU and partnering in ensuring the registration and representation of Kenya pyrethrum in Europe remained active and relevant.
“We are excited and look forward to working with Ms. Grace, as we wish Mr. Willis all the very best in his future endeavors,” read the comment.
AFA, established under the Agriculture and Food Authority Act No 13 of 2013, operates within the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Cooperatives.
Its primary role involves regulating, developing, and promoting scheduled crops’ value chains to foster Kenya’s economic growth.
Within AFA, the Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) plays a pivotal role in overseeing and regulating the horticulture industry.
Responsible for the promotion, development, and regulation of fruit trees, medicinal and aromatic plants, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants, HCD’s efforts contribute significantly to Kenya’s GDP.
The HCD remains integral to Kenya’s agricultural landscape as it was established to drive crop diversification, improve nutrition, generate income, create employment opportunities, and bolster foreign exchange earnings.
The authority’s Nairobi Horticulture Centre Pack House recently received the esteemed HACCP (SANS 10330:2020) Certification marking a pivotal moment in upholding food quality and safety standards within the industry.
The ceremony, graced by Trademark Africa’s Country Director Mr. Ahmed Farah, is a demonstration of AFA’s commitment to providing the lead and adhering to food quality and safety standards.
SANS 10330:2020, a South African National Standard, lays down the framework for a food safety management system grounded in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles.
This standard is universally applicable, encompassing organizations involved in food production, handling, or supply, irrespective of their scale or specialization.