Popular Herbs and Vegetables for Export
Among the commonly grown herbs for export are chives, mint, dill, basil, and tarragon. When it comes to vegetables, French beans, runner beans, tender stem broccoli, snow peas, baby corn, and pakchoi are commonly exported.
The Crop Life Cycle Starts at the Nursery
The life cycle of a crop usually begins at the nursery where propagation takes place. To ensure successful growth, an optimizer is used. This optimizer is a biostimulant, stress manager, and seed dormancy breaker. It’s a natural fermented seaweed liquid bio-fertilizer enriched with chelating NPK, natural plant hormones, amino acids, and various other beneficial elements.
Challenges in Exporting Fresh Vegetables and Herbs
Exporters of fresh vegetables and herbs face difficulties in finding products with short Post Harvest Interval (PHI) to combat issues like downy mildew, rust, and powdery mildew.
Introducing Effective Solutions
To address these challenges, we have introduced Biosure 120sl, a contact biofungicide that provides complete protection against downy mildew, rust, and anthracnose. For fresh herbs and vegetables, it is recommended to use this product at a rate of 1 liter per hectare.
Another milestone in the export industry is Explorer 3sl, a unique natural systemic fungicide that offers both preventive and curative actions. It is made from a plant extract, clove oil, which is safe to use. After spraying, the crop can be harvested within 24 hours.
Short PHI Products Preferred by Exporters
These products with a short PHI have become the preferred choice for herb and vegetable exporters. Many farmers who want to venture into the export of herbs and vegetables often wonder how to get started. Here is some advice to follow before entering this sector.
Adhering to Good Agricultural Practices (KenyaGAP)
Good Agricultural Practices (KenyaGAP) must be strictly followed, as they determine whether the produce can be sold in the export market. These practices are based on Global Good Agricultural Practices (GlobalGAP), which are recognized worldwide as a means of achieving sustainable production. KenyaGAP ensures consumer safety, environmental conservation, and social welfare. Important aspects include soil testing, using certified seeds, ensuring clean water supply, pest and disease control, and adhering to approved measures.
Ensuring Compliance with GAP Conditions
The Horticulture Crops Directorate (HCD) and certifying bodies such as Africert Ltd are responsible for ensuring that farmers meet GAP conditions before they can receive a compliance certificate to cultivate fresh horticulture produce for export. Farmers interested in exporting their produce must contact HCD for the necessary inspections and certifications.
National Horticulture Traceability System (HTS)
To maintain quality and transparency in the horticulture value chain, farm produce must be free from chemical traces, pests, diseases, soil or dirt residue, and wilting. Proper labeling with the names of farmers, exporters, quantity, and a traceability feature is essential. The National Horticulture Traceability System (HTS) helps identify the source of fresh produce if needed.