Kakuzi packhouse and orchards bag China Export approval seal from KEPHIS

Kakuzi packhouse and orchards bag China Export approval seal from KEPHIS

Kenyan integrated agro-business firm Kakuzi PLC has become one of the first local entities to secure approval from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), to process and prepare export-grade fresh avocados for the Chinese market.

The firm has secured its KEPHIS approval following a stringent phytosanitary audit for its extensive Kakuzi farms and packhouse.

The approval comes hot on the heels of the recent signing of two bilateral trade protocols to facilitate the export of fresh avocados and aquatic products from Kenya to China. As part of the implementation of the protocols, KEPHIS has been undertaking facility audits to ensure the integrity of local packhouses earmarked to provide packaging solutions for avocado exports. Speaking when he confirmed the firm’s facility inspection and approval, Kakuzi Plc Managing Director Mr Chris Flowers said the Kakuzi fresh produce Packhouse and Orchards near Makuyu town had been inspected and found to be compliant with the high international standards.

"We recently were subjected to a series of random and procedural inspections by KEPHIS, and I am glad to announce that the Kakuzi’s orchards and Packhouse are among the first approved large scale farming and packing operations, cleared for the Chinese market," Flowers said. He added that "At the Makuyu facility and Orchards, we maintain world-class phytosanitary standards for our exports to Europe, and the KEPHIS approval further serves to underscore our quality commitments."

Kenya and China signed bilateral agreements allowing the export of avocado products during an official local visit by the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi, Last January.

Last year, Kakuzi received an unconditional renewal on a crucial globally recognised agricultural food quality certification. As part of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) listed firm’s quality management assurance endeavours, Kakuzi received the GLOBALG.A.P. version 5.2 certificate following a recent production and processing procedures audit. The GLOBALG.A.P. certification, a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked standard, allows Kakuzi PLC to produce Avocados to access the European market with a recognised mark of quality issued by NSF Certification Ltd, a UK based certification body.

"At Kakuzi PLC, we have invested more than Kshs 200 million in the last one year to guarantee quality production and environmental management practices leading to such certifications as the GLOBALG.A.P. To attain such a globally recognized certification, it calls for sustained co-operation and commitments by all our stakeholders to maintain the highest possible production and environmental management standards," Flowers said.

He added that "To ensure […]

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