Kenya has decided to improve the means of food packaging and increase food safety so as to increase income from agricultural produce.
New methods are being put in place in Nairobi, Kenya so that food safety measures can align with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements.
Joseph Kirubi, secretary of administration at the state department of Crops, Ministry of Agriculture stated that the government will emphasize a risk-based approach to food safety control and shall require all actors along the food value chain from farm to fork to be accountable.
According to the ministry of agriculture, food exports account for over 50 percent of the country’s total exports.
It is also noted that improves food safety systems will ensure agricultural exports are not obstructed at international borders due to noncompliance to international food safety standards.
He also acknowledges the government’s interest in public health and how negligence to proper food safety standards can affect the public, which has made the government eager to promote trade of safer food in a consistent manner, thereby promoting harmony amongst international parties observed that the government is keen to protect public health and promote trade in safe food in a manner consistent with international requirements through harmonizing interagency efforts.
“It is paramount that Kenya has robust sanitary and phytosanitary measures to ensure human, animal, and plant health are protected,” he added.
The official noted that increased demand for food coupled with reduction of arable land and water has led to the adoption of technologies of agricultural products and enhanced trade which requires adequate monitoring of biological, chemical, and physical food hazards.
Kirubi observed that inadequate food standards will undermine Kenya’s competitiveness in the international food trade.