Bureau Veritas to showcase innovative solutions at 2022 Africa Food Safety Summit

KENYA – Bureau Veritas, a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services, will be showcasing their innovative solutions at the 2022 Africa Food Safety Summit scheduled to take place from July 20-22 at the Emara Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Established in 1828, the Group has 80,000 employees located in more than 1,600 offices and laboratories around…

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Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International identifies pests that threaten Kenya’s agriculture

KENYA – The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) has led a research which prioritizes 120 potential Invasive Alien Species (IAS) that could pose a threat to agriculture and biodiversity in Kenya. From the initial assessment, the study, published in the journal Biological Invasions, drew up a list of 21 arthropods, 9 nematodes and 20 pathogenic species which the…

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Kenya nods importation of genetically modified cottonseed cake for manufacture of animal feeds

KENYA – In a bid to curtail the current shortage and affordability of feeds, the Government of Kenya has green-lighted the importation of duty-free genetically modified (GM) cottonseed cake for manufacture of animal feeds. In a Gazette Notice exempting duty on imported raw materials used to manufacture animal and chicken feeds, Treasurer Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has allowed eight manufacturers…

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KEPHIS to conduct safety evaluations on Indian wheat

KENYA – The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) is mulling on deploying a team to India to inspect and certify that wheat from the Asian country is free from pests before any importation is allowed. This follows a ban that the regulator instituted on the importation of wheat from India due to a fungal disease known as Karnal Bunt…

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Greenpeace Africa, Seed Savers Network call for review of existing seed law

KENYA – Two non-governmental organizations, Greenpeace Africa and Seed Savers Network are calling for a review of the existing seed law which they claim favours large corporations at the expense of small-scale farmers. They said the Seed and Plant Varieties Act 326 of 2012 should be amended in order to recognize and allow the sale, exchange and sharing of indigenous…

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KEPHIS receives equipment to automate seed inspection

KENYA – The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) has received equipment worth Ksh1.3 million for seed inspection, that will enable real time inspection of various crops such as maize, beans, wheat, sorghum, cowpeas, green grams, potato, rice etc. Gatsby Africa donated the 30 tablets to facilitate the implementation of the automated seed certification and plant variety protection system, aimed…

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KEBS Managing Director Bernard Njiraini resumes office pending appeal decision

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has revealed that its Managing Director, Mr. Bernard Njiraini, has resumed office pending a final court decision. “Thank you for this information however the MD Lt Col (Rtd.) Bernard N. Njiraini is back in the office,” read the tweet. The High Court suspended a decision that quashed the appointment of Mr. Njiraini…

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Researchers link aflatoxins to rising cancer cases in Kenya

KENYA – Researchers in Kenya have established that aflatoxins, found in common cereals like maize and wheat, are becoming a major burden on Kenya’s health care system due to their link to cancer. Aflatoxins are a naturally occurring carcinogenic byproduct of common fungi on grains and other crops, particularly maize and groundnuts. The best-known one is Aspergillus flavus, that attacks…

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Yara East Africa, Agrico PSA train farmers on importance of using certified potato seeds

KENYA – Yara East Africa Limited, Kenya and Uganda’s leading crop nutrition company has partnered with Agrico PSA, a supplier of high-quality certified potato seeds, to train potato farmers on the significance of using certified seeds and the right inputs for better quality and bigger yields. The potato farmers who hail from Nakuru, Nyandarua and Narok counties have also been…

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KEBS hands Indomie in Kenyan market clean bill of health

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has handed a clean bill of health to the recently recalled brand of instant noodles Indomie said to be laden with excess amounts of pesticide residues and aflatoxins. The regulator has cleared the air saying that the products in Kenya are in no way linked to the ones recalled in Egypt. Bernard…

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