NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has launched a national electronic
platform to support management and sharing of critical
supply chain data to increase transparency and
visibility of horticulture.
Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett launched the National
Horticulture Traceability System (HTS) that will make it
possible for any shipment that does not comply with
market standards to be traced back to the source on
arrival in the export market.
“This is a
breakthrough. We had a difficult time in horticulture
rejections at our export zones and airports. I am happy
this problem will be resolved with the launch of this
system,” Bett said during the launch in Nairobi late on
Occasionally, shipments of horticulture products are
found to be substandard when they arrive at their
cloud-based HTS system can track each of these shipments
back to their source, thus allowing the Kenyan grower to
make the corrections necessary to ensure future products
meet market standards.
the horticulture traceability system ensures accurate
collection, analysis and exchange of critical supply
chain data from production to distribution.
He said the
system is critical at a time Kenya is facing a sharp
decline in the multibillion-shilling export horticulture
industry. The export market earned Kenya about 1 billion
U.S. dollars in foreign exchange annually.
includes a mobile application to capture and upload
information at the farm and a web reporting portal for
central data storage and sharing.
involves a labeling system that produces quick reference
codes that can be read using a mobile phone with a
will not be applied on export products only. We will
also use it for products meant for local consumption...
because we are also concerned with what our people eat,”
some Kenyan suppliers have faced challenges complying
with EU and international food safety requirements. The
launch of the system comes when the European Union began
mandatory pesticide inspections, leading to rejection of
some of Kenya’s horticultural products.
Produce Association chair Apollo Owuor said the
traceability system will be key in signaling that Kenya
has addressed the issue of safety standards.
more than 500,000 farmers under the umbrella body were
working with the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service
and the Kenya Flower Council to ensure horticulture
remains a leading foreign exchange earner.