Business Daily Kenya:
The European Union (EU) has officially lifted the 10 per cent on sampling of French beans via Kenya following success of the Standards as well as Market Access Programme (SMAP) as curtains fell on the three-year initiative yesterday.
The move according to the European Union, will pave way for more horticultural products to access its market. Indicators towards the lifting of the ban became clear last year thereby enabling Kenya export food products to the EU amounting to Sh125 billion. In 2014 the EU slapped a ban on importation of French beans as well as snow peas because of failure by exporters to conform to the 10 per cent Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) requirement.
At the same time, This particular launched a £12.1 million grant (Sh1.4 billion) to minimise risks as well as hazards related to agricultural produce via the farm to fork. Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed, yesterday at the Kenya Bureau of Statistic (Kebs), said the French beans are currently getting access to the EU market as a result of the efforts between the Kenya Horticultural Council, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service as well as the EU.
The CS said three years down the line, the SMAP project had shown great results including enhancing a set of food safety standards as well as regulations for Kenya Plant as well as Animal Based Products.
“Besides facilitating stronger institutional capacity for relevant testing as well as certification of Kenyan plant as well as animal based products, the SMAP project has resulted inside lifting of the 10 per cent on sampling of French beans via Kenya,” said Mohamed when he launched the SMAP equipment as well as laboratory business plan.
Due to This particular, he said. Kenya is usually on course to record high returns on investment in horticultural farming as well as enhanced cross border trade following the EU’s move to remove the non-tariff barrier, which existed for the last three years.
“Kenyan food will be safer than ever before following availability of This particular state-of-the art equipment which will enable our national food control authorities to test the quality as well as safety of a wide range of food products,” said the CS. He said the government expects exports to the EU to grow at 10 per cent every year.
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EU lifts sampling of beans