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Who we are

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) was established under the State Corporations Act through the Legal Notice 305 of 1996. The Legal Notice consolidated the roles undertaken by KARI and the Ministry responsible for Agriculture and made KEPHIS responsible for Plant Health, Seed, Plant variety, and agro-inputs quality issues in Kenya.

The KEPHIS Act number 54 of 2012 enhanced operations in plant health and quality of inputs and produce in Kenya. It was designated as the National Plant Protection Organization, the National Designated Authority on Seed Quality, and the National Plant Breeders Rights Office.


  • Excellence in Plant health and quality assurance in agriculture


  • To assure plant health, quality of agricultural inputs and produce towards a food secure nation and safe trade


  • Plant Health Our Business

Core Values

  • Customer focus
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Team work
  • Innovation
Our Strategic Objectives

High Level Achievement Statements

To protect plants from pests, weeds and invasive species. To facilitate review and strengthening of the policy, legal and regulatory framework, so that it is in tandem with both local and international agricultural sector emerging issues. To contribute towards improved levels of agricultural productivity. To support compliance to market requirements. To build adequate technical and infrastructural capacity to facilitate efficient and effective delivery of the KEPHIS mandate. To mobilize adequate financial resources and ensure optimal allocation and utilization to enable full implementation of planned programmers and activities. To enhance synergies through information and resource sharing with stakeholders and partners. To enhance the visibility and corporate image of KEPHIS.


Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is the Government Parastatal whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the economy, the environment and human health.