With gracious support of the Dutch government, through the NL EVD International, the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) spearheaded an industry wide initiative, to build capacity for sustained market access – National Mechanism for Compliance (NMC). One of the major outputs was a review of the flowers and ornamentals component of the National Standard KS1758 Horticulture Code of Practice 2004.  In part, value addition of the KS1758 2015 Part I, is expansion of the scope to provide guidelines for value chain players to also operate within the industry quality assurance guidelines.  KS1758 2015 is a product of public private dialogue, bringing together national government regulatory institutions, county governments and private sector stakeholders.

It provides a basket of opportunities. One; a credible and verifiable tool for industry quality assurance scheme; a tool for branding Kenya flowers as sustainably grown and finally an industry communication tool.   

Beyond the flower industry, it was agreed among the stakeholders, that the fruits and vegetables exports component  be revised as a means to secure and expand market share. The KS1758 part II has already been gazetted and trainings are on going.

The NMC was launched in Holland during the International Flower Trade Fair – November 2015; a perfect platform to reach out to the international industry fraternity. Further it was an icon in celebrating KFC@ 20 years in June 2016. 

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