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Wednesday, 04 May 2016

Kenya Eyes Lucrative EU Market for its Mangoes

Kenya is eyeing the lucrative European Union market for its mangoes as efforts to improve quality of the produce begin bearing fruits. Kenya Plant Inspectorate Health Service (Kephis) Managing Director Esther Kimani said the agency introduced self-regulatory measures in August 2014 to ensure production of quality mangoes in a bid to access the export market. "The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) no. 26 allows for the creation of pest-free areas to control the fruit flies in some region. We have managed to reduce the pests by 80 per cent and we hope that soon those mangoes will access the European market," she added. The European Union (EU) in 2014 announced that it would inject Sh1.4 billion ($16.1 million) to help improve Kenya's food security through the horticultural, dairy, apiculture, aquaculture sectors. Among other things, EU would help in ensuring that the farm produce meet some of its most stringent standards.

Source: allafrica.com

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