Kisumu - KEPHIS and stakeholders in the agriculture sector are currently inputting stakeholders comments in the draft plant protection bill and regulations. The team is led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives(MOALFC) and KEPHIS. Mr. Joshua Oluyali from MOALFC emphasized that the bill will enable KEPHIS to achieve its mandate in the country.
KEPHIS MD Prof. Theophilus Mutui acknowledged CAP 324 that has supported the operations of KEPHIS in protecting Kenya’s agriculture; however, there is need to change the law and align it to the current issues, emerging issues and international standards and regulations.
“The bill is expected to improve how KEPHIS carries out its mandate,” he said.
The bill has been benchmarked with international standards.
The workshop noted that the responsibility of preventing the introduction of pests is every stakeholders responsibility and KEPHIS only takes the lead.