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Kakamega County Drafts Policy on Food Safety

The Kakamega county government is drafting a food safety policy in a bid to boost food safety standards.

The County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for agriculture Racheal Okumu said they intend to control the entry of food from outside and monitor food produced by farmers to comply with the set standards of safety.

Okumu was speaking to farmers’ groups at a Kakamega hotel on Wednesday during a workshop on Employment in Agriculture Programme (EAP) aimed at strengthening the capacity of farmers in horticulture, dairy and aquaculture value chains.

“The County Food Safety Enforcement Committee (CFSEC) draws its membership from the veterinary, livestock, fisheries, public health and agriculture departments,” she explained.

The CECM said that the enforcement committee will be tasked with monitoring food production right from planting, field management, harvesting to transportation until it reaches the consumer.

The project is being implemented under the Micro-Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) and funded by Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the European Union (EU).

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