The Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC) provides leadership and single voice of the horticulture industry on significant national and international issues. This is in bid of promoting global competitiveness of Kenyan horticultural products.  Kenya is currently among the leading exporters of horticultural products globally and especially to the European Union market.

The KHC works closely with relevant government line Ministries to support the achievement of significant government aims and agendas such as the Vision 2030,  the National Export development and promotion policy, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Kenya Industrial Transformation Programme (KITP).  These include the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives, Ministry of Devolution & Planning, Ministry of Agriculture,

Vision 2030 recognizes the significance of Horticulture  in Kenya's economy and says there is a need for proactive  efforts to maintain existing markets while creating new ones and increasing Kenya's bargaining power in global agricultural markets.

In the proposed National Export Strategy Horticultural exports have been identified as key driver of  Kenya's economic growth.  They have been singled out for support to achieve the country's economic ambitions.

It also collaborates with partner government agencies including  the  Kenya Plant Health Iinspectorate Service (KEPHIS), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), National Environmemental Management  Authority (NEMA), Horticulture Crop Directorate (HCD), Export Promotion Council (EPC) and Kenya Agricultural & livestock Research Organization (KARLO).

Among the activities that are currently being focused on are:

Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

The Kenya Horticultural Council partners with the government in representing the industry in various forums like EAC EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations through the  Ministry of Industry,Trade & Cooperatives.

The Kenya Parliament  ratified on 20 September 2016 the EPA signed by the Kenya Government in Brussels on 1 September 2016, together with Rwanda and the EU.

What does it mean for exports of flowers and floriculture products from Kenya to the EU?

With the signature and ratification of the EPA now fully completed by Kenya before 30 September, the duty-free access of Kenyan exports to the EU market was secured post-1 October 2016 under the current MAR regime (EU Market Access Regulation) and until such time that the EPA is signed and ratified by all five EAC Member States. The EAC Heads of State agreed to reconvene sometime this year- 2017- to agree on the way forward to finalize the EPA process as a region. 

Public Private Dialogue Platform

Through KEPSA, The Kenya Horticultural Council is proactively involved in the review of policies, rules and regulations that have a bearing on the cost of doing business e.g:

  • Engaging both the County & National Governments on the issue of double taxtation industry cess
  • Successfully engaged the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA) to rescind double payment for treatment of effluent discharges;
  • Actively participated in the formulation of the Agricultural and Devolution Policies. The Council provided valuable input in the review of the Horticulture Bill whose key issue of concern is the provision for cess regime in the policy.
  • KHC managed to lobby successfully for the enactment of the Companies Act and the Special Economic Zones Act both of which are expected to have far reaching positive impact on the industry

The PPD Platform involves various platforms that the Private Sector utilizes in engaging the Government.  These include the Presidential Roundtable (PRT), the Ministerial Stakeholders Forum (MSF), , Speakers Round Table (SRT), Council of Governors Forum, Chief Justice Forum and Inter-Ministerial Forum.

Capacity Building

The Council undertakes capacity building  through a strong public private partnership at all levels to ensure compliance to market standards. In partnership with the HCD and with the support from USAID KAVES Project & the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy-Nairobi- the Council is implementing the National Horticulture Traceability System (NHTS) and the National Mechanism for Compliance (NMC) respeectively.  Both are designed to enhance and sustain export horticulture.



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