The Kenya Flower Council attended the first quarter environment, water and natural resources sector board meeting on 20th January, 2017. The meeting was held at the Kenya Private Sector Alliance offices, where the Council is a member. The thorny issue of NEMA WARMA effluent discharge fee was extensively discussed. The meeting adopted the petition prepared jointly by the Kenya Flower Council and KEPSA. The petition will be presented to parliament for resolution.
The meeting also deliberated on the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) fee where it was decided that KEPSA needs to follow up with the Principal Secretary, environment, water & natural resources on the 2016 budget proposal to scrap the fee altogether to promote conducive business environment. The fee has since been annulled by NEMA.
Other issues discussed included the Mara Ecosystem concerns, plastic waste management concerns and water sector regulations.
FAO CODEX STANDARDS MEETING
The Kenya Horticulture Council attended a meeting on Codex Alimentarius (Food Code) on 19th January 2017 at the Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi.
The meeting discussed the draft codex standards on garlic, ware potatoes, fresh fruits and vegetables.This will ensure that these products are safe and fit for human consumption before they are traded.
CREATING EMPLOYMENT IN THE HORTICULTURAL CROPS SECTOR IN KENYA
The Kenya Flower Council attended a forum on creating employment in the horticultural crops sector in Kenyaon 24th January 2017 in Nairobi. The Council made a presentation entitled ”Creating Employment in Floriculture Sector in Kenya: Industry Perspective”.
The forum was convened by UtafitiSera-a community of researchers and policy actors that work together to provide opportunities for new ways of thinking and collaborating to address the challenges that hinder the use of research for policy engagement.
TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE (TBT) MEETING
The Kenya Flower Council attended a Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) training seminar held in Nairobi between 17-19 January 2017. The training is offered to African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries with the objective of integrating them into the global value chain. The theme of the seminar was “Improving competitiveness and access to export markets”.
TBTs, a category of nontariff barriers to trade, are the widely divergent measures that government authorities use to regulate markets, protect their consumers, or preserve their natural resources (among other objectives), but they also can be used (or perceived by foreign countries) to discriminate against imports in order to protect domestic industries.
FLOWER VENDORS MEETING
The Kenya Flower Council convened a flower vendor’s meeting at the Council offices on 24th January 2017. The objective of the meeting was to plan for the upcoming Valentine’s Day where the Council intends to promote flowers under the Soko la Maua initiative.