Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) held a media sensitization forum in Eldoret town.
According to the KEBS North Rift Manager Vincent Cheruiyot among the objectives was to inform the media of their mandate and also to invite clarification and collaborations with the media.
“This will also help us through educating the media the public the public will be able to know our mandate so that products that are within the Country are of good quality. By achieving this, standards and quality management systems will become more widely known and utilized. Kenya’s quality culture will be enhanced too,” he said.
The meeting brought together over thirty journalists from different media houses.
“We have also used this forum to educate the journalists on ways and means of checking and verifying marks of quality,” he added.
He called on the Agriculture industries in the region to do value addition so that in the process they are able to come in through certifying value-added products
“We would like to ask our citizens and consumers to be able to check on the standardization marks on those products by sending the standardization mark to 20023 once they do that they will be able to verify the status of that permit,” he said.
He further urged farmers from the North Rift Region of to exercise caution over concerns about the widespread prevalence of non-compliant animal feeds.
“Alarmingly, out of 17 analyzed brands of poultry and dairy feeds, only one fully met the established quality standards.” This signifies a rampant issue of substandard feed formulations potentially jeopardizing livestock health and productivity.
Recognizing the urgency of this matter, KEBS proposes has urged farmers to Foster Local Raw Material Production: By encouraging and supporting increased domestic production of these essential ingredients, Kenya can potentially mitigate reliance on imports and potentially enhance feed quality through closer oversight.
“It is critical that farmers are aware of these widespread deficiencies and take necessary precautions to safeguard their animals’ health and well-being,” concluded Cheruiyot. “KEBS remains committed to working with stakeholders to improve the quality of animal feeds in the region and ensure fair market practices.”