Improved variety and quality of seeds are critical for productive agriculture, which is the basis of sustainable economic development in many developing countries. Providing farmers and producers with the best variety of seeds is critical part of the food production value chain. One of the biggest challenges with farm yield has been low quality seeds which leads to substandard produce. Moreover, the threat of diseases and pests is ever-present.
Eastern Software Systems (ESS) has developed a comprehensive Seed Certification and Plant Variety Protection System for the Kenyan Government. The system ensures improved efficiency and transparency that leads to a more inclusive approach to key stakeholders such as the seed growers, seed merchants, seed sellers, etc.
Kenya has been operating on manual inspections since the inception of Kenya Plan Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) in 1997. They have partnered with ESS to improve the certification process and also bring all the farmers into the system. KEPHIS Ag. MD Simeon Kibet says “The new System will have enormous benefits such as faster registration of seed crops, faster imputing of seed inspectors results and also ease of registering crop varieties for Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability(DUS)”
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