Kenya at risk of losing EU market for peas, beans due to falling standards
Saturday April 25 2015
A worker at the Horticulture Crops Development Authority depot weighs snow peas for sale in the local and international market. PHOTO | FILE
The EU has come up with a list of commodities, based on the risk they pose to human health and the environment, that are subjected to strict official controls at the trade bloc’s points of entry. Unshelled peas and beans make that list.
Unshelled peas and beans constitute an important part of Kenya’s horticultural exports to the EU along with cut flowers, fruits and other vegetables.
In the recent past Kenya has been working closely with the EU to ensure the country’s exports meet the required standards after the latter cautioned the former over the increasing number of rejections as a result of the fruit fly and use of harmful chemicals on the crops.