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Launch of the Plant Import and Quarantine Regulatory System (PIQRS)

Launch of the Plant Import and Quarantine Regulatory System (PIQRS)– Automated Support System for the Importation of Phytosanitary Consignments (ASSIP-K)) 5th March 2015

KEPHIS launched the Automated Support System for the Importation of Phytosanitary Consignments in 5th March 2015.
The bulk of plant products imported into Kenya consist of plants for planting (propagation material), seeds, vegetable oil seeds, fruits and grains for milling and relief food. Between 2009 and 2011, an annual average of 648,769.30 tonnes of plant material was imported into Kenya whereby 23,986 Plant Importation Permits (PIP) were issued...read more...

 The current plant import regulation process is manually supported through paper documents. This process is time consuming, inefficient and lacks proper tracking mechanism to enable surveillance of quarantine material. This puts the horticulture industry at risk and it becomes an obstacle in ensuring increased production and high quality agricultural products.
The electronically based implementation of an Automated Support System for the Import of Phytosanitary consignments in Kenya (ASSIP-K) project began in January 2013; this e-system will have a positive impact on the protection of plant resources, improving food security, enhanced surveillance of risk materials, environmental protection, safe exchange of bio-germplasm and enhanced trade facilitation.
More details can be checked on www.kephis.org

 
 
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