MUST Farm Certified By Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)

Meru University of Science and Technology farm has received certification by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS). The government requires that a nursery is fully registered and certified before it can commercially sell any of its products to the public. Registration process begins with Horticultural Crop Directorate (HCD) and certification done by KEPHIS.

The certification process kicks off with inspection and auditing of the nursery premises to ensure the plants produced are pest free and are of high quality. It is also the official process through which the nursery process and plants are inspected to ensure seedlings produced are free of pests, high quality and true to type.

A certificate is then issued as evidence of compliance to the set laws and regulations. KEPHIS only certifies registered nurseries after keen inspection of the production/propagation of the seedlings and operator knowledge and skills in seedling production, pest and disease prevention and management, source of propagation material (seeds, scions, buds, etc), sanitation and hygiene, structures in place, quality of the seedlings and record keeping.

MUST successfully received the KEPHIS Nursery Phytosanitary Inspection Certification on 31st March 2022.

MUST Farm Nursery is now fully registered and certified by HCD and KEPHIS with a KEPHIS Nursery Phytosanitary Inspection certificate dated 31st March 2022. The nursery currently has over 8000 Grafted Hass Avocado seedlings, Mangoes and a number of indigenous trees. Plans are in place to increase the capacity of the nurseries to over a million avocado seedlings, mangoes and macadamia nuts. Our objective is not only to sell these seedlings but also establish fruit orchards in the vast university farm. In the next five years, we plan to do an orchard of 100 acres and make Meru University of Science and Technology an excellent producer and exporter of a range of fruits.

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