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The only way to be sure that your seed potatoes are free from pests and diseases is to purchase certified seed. Certified seed means it has been inspected by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (Kephis), Phytosanitary Services department, both during the growing season and after harvesting. This guarantees for farmers that the seeds are free from diseases.
Since there is a high prevalence of disease in Kenyan soils such as nematodes and bacterial wilt, the use of certified seed is an important way for farmers to protect their land from being infected by disease. This might happen when buying planting material from an uncertified source, which has not been inspected and may therefore be diseased planting material.
Agrico Potato Services Africa can ensure traceability from its Dutch imports, the Kenyan seed multiplication farm up to the customers shamba thanks to the Kephis certification system.
Note: we always advise farmers to retain their Kephis labels throughout the growing season in case of any challenges or if follow-up may be needed.
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) is a regulatory agency for quality assurance on agricultural inputs and produce in Kenya. Kephis is in charge of plant variety protection, seed certification, phytosanitary inspection of imports and exports and the analysis of soil, water, agricultural produce, fertilisers and pesticides. Kephis is a government body with the mandate for both quarantine issues and seed certification. The body is mandated to supervise and carry out Distinctiveness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) tests and National Performance Trials (NPTs) before officially releasing and allowing the commercialisation of any varieties. Kephis is also responsible for providing import permits for seed potatoes and performing import inspections. Kephis is a main Kenyan partner organisation in the Fast Track Seed Potato Project.