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Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is a regulatory body established under the State Corporations Act (Cap 446) pursuant to Legal Notice No. 305 of 18th October 1996.  The Corporation commenced operations in 1997.

This Service Charter is a commitment by KEPHIS to improve service delivery to clients and other stakeholders. It also serves to enhance public awareness of the organization’s regulatory role.

Vision:
The Lead Regulator and Facilitator of Globally Competitive Agriculture.
 
Mission:
To Provide a Science-based Regulatory Service by Assuring Quality of Agricultural Inputs and Produce to Promote Food Security and Sustainable Development
 
Core Values:
The guiding principles in the operations of KEPHIS are:

  1. Customer Focus
  2. Integrity
  3. Team Work
  4. Innovation and creativity
  5. Professionalism and
  6. Corporate Social Responsibility

Services Offered by KEPHIS:

  • Distinctness, Uniformity, and Stability (DUS) tests for grant of Plant Breeders Rights
  • National Performance Trials (value for cultivation) for crop variety release and commercialization
  • Registration of seed merchants
  • Licensing of seed sellers
  • Registration of seed growers
  • Seed field inspections
  • Inspection of seeds during processing
  • Seed sampling and testing
  • Post control verification
  • Post-certification surveys
  • Inspection of import and export plant materials
  • Plant quarantine
  • Pest and disease diagnosis
  • Enforcement of biosafety requirements
  • Analyses of agricultural inputs (fertilizers, soil, agro-chemicals, water, manure, irrigation water, and others)
  • Agro-chemical residue analyses in agricultural produce and animal tissues
  • Environmental monitoring for contaminants
  • Conformity assessment
  • Trade facilitation, training, and technical support
  • Farmer advisory services.

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