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Gatsby Africa has donated 30 tablets to KEPHIS that will facilitate KEPHIS inspectors to undertake seed inspection activities. The items have been donated at a cost of KES 1.3 million and will enable real time inspections of various crops such as maize, beans, wheat, sorghum, cowpea, green grams, potato, rice, etc. The gadgets will enable the implementation of the automated seed certification and plant variety protection system that KEPHIS officially launched in 2010 aimed at providing digitized services to the farming community thus improving efficiency and effectiveness.

The tablets have come at a time when the seed industry is growing; currently over 150 seed companies are registered by KEPHIS.

KEPHIS MD Prof. Theophilus Mutui(4th from right) with Gastby Africa Portfolio Director Peter Roggekamp(4th left) and other officials from KEPHIS, Gatsby Africa and the Seed Trade Association of Kenya during the hand over ceremony of gadgets to KEPHIS for enhanced seed inspections.

 

KEPHIS MD Prof. Theophilus Mutui welcomed the gesture saying the gadgets will enable transmission of real time information and data to KEPHIS, thus enabling faster decision making on seed inspections.

Deputy Director of Agricultural Inputs at Gatsby Africa Mr. Michael Kamau added that the organization aimed to loosen constraints in the seed sector in Kenya thus enabling farmers access quality seed. “We would especially want small holder farmers, who are the majority, to get quality seed for enhanced food production.