The government of Kenya gazetted the Crops (Irish potato) Regulations 2019 on 5th April 2019. The purpose of the Regulations is to guide the promotion, development and regulation of production and trade in Irish potatoes in Kenya.Find a copy here
The Agricultural Council of Kenya (AgCK) is spearheading a 2 years project which aims to ensure that the regulations are implemented. The initiative is supported by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Implementation of the regulation is targeted to directly benefit over 1 million farmers in the country who are largely smallholder producers through promotion of fair trade practices.
AgCK convened a multi-agency security consultative meeting in Meru County on 5th August 2019, to discuss the implementation process of the Irish Crops regulations. The meeting was attended by both the County and National government agencies. The county government was represented by the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of the Trade, Industrialization and Tourism Department, Mr. Marete Maingi. The multi-agency unit included the County Enforcement department, National Police Service, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National government as well as the Judiciary. Others included the Meru county Irish potato cooperative union.
The meeting resolved to immediately commence the enforcement of the Irish potato regulations with immediate effect. A county-wide crackdown on traders using extended bags, buckets and tins was scheduled to be launched on 9th August 2019 at 6:00 am.