It will now take a shorter time for fresh produce from Kenya to be audited for export following the launch of a software that fast-tracks the quality testing process.
Farmforce, a product developed by the Sygenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), phases out manual farm record keeping, replacing it with an online version that can be accessed by farmers for free via an Android mobile phone.
“It hastens the process of tracking genuine fresh produce from the one that has not met the export regulations,” says Fritz Brugger, the head of agriculture services at the SFSA.
The European Union in December 2012 imposed strict testing guidelines for Kenyan fresh produce after previous shipments were found to be laced with pesticide residues above the legal limit, also known as the Maximum Residual Levels (MRL).
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