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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,22ND NOV 2017- Kenya’s agricultural exports to the European markets are set to increase following the completion of a Shs 250million laboratory complex that will ensure produce meet the international standards.
The facility unveiled on Wednesday will ensure fertilizers, seeds, soils and water were tested before farmers used them. The laboratory would also ensure healthy plants, safe trade and sustainable agro-environment for the development of the agricultural sector.
Deputy President William Ruto while opening the laboratory complex constructed jointly by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate (Kephis) in collaboration with the European Union (EU) said the project was a milestone to the development of the agricultural sector.
EU Delegation Head of Development and Cooperation Mr Hubert Perr praised its strong ties between Kenya and European countries saying it has greatly helped Kenya meet the international requirements in various fields. “Its encouraging that Kephis has put in place measures to ensure high quality produce hit the EU markets as well as address non-tariff barriers to survive in the world markets,” said Mr Perr. He said EU would continue to work closely with Kephis in ensuring more of its agricultural produce access its markets.”