Kenya Participated in this year’s London Produce Show that took place from 7th -9th June 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The London Produce Show is United Kingdom’s leading international event for the fresh produce industry. It was organized by the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) where Kenya is a member and the Produce Business Magazine. The Fresh Produce Consortium is the voice of the UK’s fresh produce industry and represents about 700 members from UK growers, packers, importers, foodservice, wholesalers and retailers. The show attracted more than 2000 people majority of whom were buyers both from the UK and overseas. The show began with a food service forum seminar and a welcome cocktail evening. Kenya’s 5th Horticulture Traceability System Workshop that was held on 7th June 2017. The Kenyan delegation also toured the port of entry at Heathrow Airport on 9th June 2017.
The show gave Kenya an opportunity to promote the country’s exports of fresh produce to the UK and also created an opportunity for exporters to network and to take advantage of a large number of visitors. Kenya currently accounts for 27% of the fresh produce sold in the UK Market and is desirous to increase its exports to the UK considering that the United Kingdom imports 60% of the fresh produce sold in the domestic market.
About the National Horticulture Traceability System Workshop
The Kenya High Commission in collaboration with the Kenya Embassy in Brussels organized a Workshop on Kenya’s National Horticulture Traceability system on 7th June 2017 with the support of COLEACP Brussels. The main objective of the Workshop was to share the strategic measures that the Government of Kenya has implemented to ensure compliance with the importation standards/regulations of the UK (EU) and the World Trade Organization. Participants were drawn from the regulators, supermarket chains, and other relevant stakeholders directly involved with the clearing of Kenya’s horticultural exports to the UK.
The Horticulture Traceability System (HTS) is a Kenyan Agro-industry initiative developed by the Ministry of Agriculture to improve the management and compliance of Sanitary and Phyto- Sanitary measures (SPS) issues incidental to Kenya’s exports to key global markets including the EU. It was launched in September 2016 to promote this awareness. Since its Inception, several workshops have been held in key importing EU countries in Berlin, Brussels, and France.
The Keynote address was delivered by H.E. Ambassador Salma Ahmed, Kenya Embassy, Paris, France on behalf of the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and the Kenya High Commissioner to the UK H.E. Lazarus Amayo gave the opening remarks. The Kenya delegation included representatives from Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya, County Government Nyandarua, Pest Control Products Board (PCPB), State Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya Embassy, Brussels, Kenya Embassy, Paris and the Kenya High Commission in London.