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This is followed by training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) at the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK).
Arim Ogolla of FPEAK says certification is renewed annually after annual inspections.
These include some of the standards observed by associations, namely FPEAK, KOFA, KAM, and AFIPEK.
Writing in this report, Dr Stephen Mbithi, chief executive of the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) describes how horticulture has become the largest sector in the Kenyan economy--larger than tourism, tea and coffee--generating annual revenues of $2bn with around 240 large-scale producers and roughly 150,000 smallholder farmers.
Kenya's Fresh Produce Exporters Association (FPEAK) estimates that Kenyan farmers get less than 20% of the value of their flower exports at auction, with the bulk of the proceeds going to the auction house and European-based distributors.
Stephen Mbithi Mwikya, the chief executive of the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK), says: "I think if things continue in this one-sided sensationalist way, purely targeting air freight, labelling our produce with aeroplanes and not looking at other aspects of production, it will cripple Kenya, it will cripple the economy.
parameters /4.39.1 53357 200 x 50 1 Size of 150 x 25.4 mm 200 x 50 mm 200 x 50 mm specimen 2 Testing speed 200 mm/min 100 mm/min 100 mm/min 3 Distance 10mm 60mm 100mm between the catching trappers 4 Displacement 80mm 40mm 50mm of specimen 5 Number of 3 length 5 length 5 length samples direction direction direction specimens specimens specimens 3 transverse 5 transverse 5 transverse direction direction direction specimens specimens specimens 6 Ways of Minimum Fpeaks Delaminating Delaminating results (N/mm)/Average force (N) force (N) reference/ of 3 specimens /Average of /Average of evaluation 5 specimens 5 specimens Table 2.
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