Kenyan French Beans
Kenya produces a variety of quality Snow Peas for both export and local consumption. The varieties grown in Kenya are; Carouby, Mamoth Melting Sugar, Dwarf Grey Sugar, Oregon Sugar Pod
Super Sugar Snap, Sugar Snap, Toledo, Goliath, Snow Green Cascadia, Sugar Gem, Sugar Lace, Sugar Sprint, Sugar Prince and Snow Top.
In Kenya, Snow peas production is growing in importance, stimulated by increasing demand in Europe. The major importing countries in Europe are the United Kingdom, Holland, France and Germany. Other smaller markets are South Africa, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium. The Snow peas do well in cool areas such as Githunguri, Lari, Limuru, Kikuyu, Upper Gatundu, Timau, Upper Muranga, Karatina, Narumoru, Taita Taveta, Slopes of Mt. Elgon, Bomet, Nunguni, Upper Mbooni, Timboroa, Kericho and Upper Kisii.
The Kenyan Snow peas produced are of high quality standards. This is due to adherence of international regulations on food safety and social accountability in the production of the produce. Consumers are becoming more and more particular about the quality, safety and reliability of the fresh products they buy, thus the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) by Kenyan farmers. The GAP guidelines aim at producing a product that is safe, environment friendly, socially acceptable and of high quality.
The following are the guidelines implemented by farmers and exporters;
  • Keep up to date farm production records in order to maintain consumer confidence in food quality and safety.
  • Apply proper crop protection strategies in order to reduce the use of chemicals.
  • Observe the required standards during pesticide application in order to protect the health and safety of the sprayer.
  • Observe the required standards during transportation, storage and disposal of pesticides in order to minimize detrimental impact on the environment while conserving nature and wildlife.
  • Observe hygiene requirements during harvesting and post-harvest handling of produce.
  • Adhere to regulations of wages and conditions of the employment act.
  • Adhere to environmental protection regulations.
To ensure Kenya exports quality Snow Peas various regulatory institutions such as Horticulture Crops Directorate and Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services undertake inspection, auditing, licensing and issuance of phytosanitary certificates before exporting Snow Peas.    

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