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Headquarters, Nairobi – KEPHIS has held a consultative meeting with the seed industry stakeholders aimed at sharing protocols on certification of Genetically Modified (GM) Cotton. KEPHIS staff also engaged the industry on standards on the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) and selfing in hybrid seed production. The consultative meeting, held at KEPHIS Headquarters, was a stakeholder participation event aimed at sharing experiences and challenges related to seed production and certification and engaging the regulator (KEPHIS) on the same. 

The two day event that brought over 100 participants also saw the industry learn about the import and export of seed through the Export Certification System and the Import Certification System. Dr. Bernard Mukoye took the participants through the Pest Risk Analysis process and its importance as well as surveillance and the import conditions for tomato, maize, potato, beans and capsicum. Mr. Ivan Obare from the Molecular laboratory presented on lab testing for pests on Maize, Tomato, Potato, Beans and Capsicum diseases and GM events testing.

 

 

KEPHIS GM in-charge of quality assurance Mr. Simeon Kibet, during the official opening said that seed companies have increased exponentially. He added that KEPHIS wants to change with the times hence certification is now mostly online. Also, that KEPHIS has prepared draft protocols for certification of GM crops where the input of the stakeholder is required before implementation.