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The Agri­cul­ture ministry has taken steps to erad­i­cate coun­ter­feit prod­ucts in agrovets.

Ministry Direc­tor of Crop Re­sources, Agribusi­ness and Market Devel­op­ment John­son Waithaka said the ministry has es­tab­lished a Hor­ti­cul­ture Com­pe­tent Author­ity Struc­ture. It mon­i­tors agrovets to en­sure they do not stock coun­ter­feit prod­ucts.

The ministry has also de­ployed ex­ten­sion of­fi­cers to en­sure farm­ers buy qual­ity prod­ucts.

Waithaka on Fri­day warned that any or­gan­i­sa­tion or in­di­vid­ual vi­o­lat­ing the law will be prose­cuted.

He said the ministry has de­vel­oped a strat­egy to re­duce residue of pes­ti­cides and othe r prod­ucts in pro­duce.

“Through the strat­egy, we have achieved en­hanced food safety stan­dards, thus re­duc­ing in­ter­cep­tions and no­ti­fi­ca­tions for ex­port prod­ucts,” Waithaka said. The pro­gramme will start in 10 coun­ties next year.

He spoke at a Nairobi ho­tel in the in­au­gu­ra­tion of County Level Work­shops and Ex­pos.

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