International Phytosanitary Conference 12th to 16th September 2016 at KEPHIS Headquarters, Karen, Nairobi

COPE under KEPHIS will host the International Phytosanitary Conference in Africa which will be held from 12 to 16 September 2016, at KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the conference is “Phytosanitary Regulation for Improved Trade Facilitation and Food Security”.

Training on COMESA variety release system at the Rainbow towers, Harare Zimbabwe 6th to 8th June, 2016

The Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) in conjunction COMESA ACTESA organized a three day theoretical training workshop for sixty five participants five from each COMESA state on COMESA variety release system. In line with the COMESA objectives, KEPHIS/COPE and COMESA met and discussed the possibility of supporting agricultural trade across borders of the member states.

Trainer of trainers training on COMESA seed systems at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi Kenya 23rd to 27th May, 2016

A Training of Trainers (ToT)was conducted from 23rd to 27th May 2016 on COMESA seed systems at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

North Kinangop farmers training and training of MOALF staff on market requirements and good agricultural practices, 12th May, 2016 at at North Kinangop Catholic Parish hall, Engineer.

KEPHIS Naivasha organized one day training for County agricultural offers in North Kinangop Sub-County and farmers on 12th May 2016. The forum was held at North Kinangop Catholic Parish hall, Engineer.

Inspectors’ Refresher Training on Pest Identification from the 4th to 7th of April 2016 KEPHIS Plant Quarantine and Biosecurity Station, Muguga, Kenya

In the year 2014 KEPHIS received communication from the European Union in regard to increased interception attributed to presence of harmful organisms and incomplete or missing additional declaration. KEPHIS was required to put in place strategies and measures to arrest or reduce the number of interceptions in the destination market.

Study tour of Ethiopia agricultural officials on Agro Dealer registration and inspection, 30th and 31st March, 2016 at KEPHIS Headquarters

COPE received a request from Africa Tranformation Agency in Ethiopia to organize a visit to KEPHIS by delegates from Ethiopia. The main purpose of their visit is to learn the regulatory activities in regard to agro-dealer inspection services. the delagates were taken through theory classes on seed merchants registration and insopection.

TUTA ABSOLUTA TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR KEPHIS INSPECTORS, PLANT PROTECTION EXPERTS AND TOMATO AND POTATO GROWERS 25TH & 26TH NOVEMBER 2015

Tuta absoluta is an insect pest of tomato and other solanaceae crops. The leaf miner can cause uptp 100% of yield reduction to tomato production. International trading stimulated the spread of T. absoluta from South America to Asia, Europe and Africa. There was the urgent need of knowledge on how to deal with the highly harmful insect due to its imerging nature.

study tour on ISO 17025 accreditation for Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana Held from 2nd -3rd September 2015 at KEPHIS Plant Quarantine and Biosecurity Station

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana is in the process of applying for ISO 17025 accreditation of their Tissue culture laboratories and requested KEPHIS through Centre for Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) to host and conduct a training course on the requirements of ISO 17025 accreditation.

The training of Mozambique Staff on seed certification, 2nd to 8th August, 2015 at KEPHIS Headquarters and KEPHIS Nakuru.

The Department of seeds in Mozambique is in the process of implementing a Guarantee System for seed quality control, licensing of inspectors and laboratories.