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Frequently Asked Questions

KEPHIS is a regulatory state corporation mandated to carry out Seed certification, plant variety protection, Phytosanitary inspections and analysis of fresh produce samples and farm input quality.

Certified seed can be identified by a label issued by KEPHIS showing that the seed has been certified.

Certified seed can be purchased from KEPHIS licensed agro dealers.

The cost of a complete soil analysis is Ksh. 2,500 and it takes 10 Work days upon submission of a sample and signing of the contract.

Soil sampling Should be done by Agricultural professional such as Agricultural extension officers and KEPHIS staff. Farmers can also sample with reference to the sampling guidelines available on KEPHIS website.

Yes farmers and other stakeholders can submit samples for seed testing at a cost of KES. 1,500/-

Certified fruit tree seed lings can be acquired from KEPHIS licensed nurseries listed in Our Website

The nursery should be located near a clean source of water, adequate phytosanitary measures put in place such as fencing, pest and disease control, clean planting material & media.

The nursery should be registered with the county government and HCD.


Yes, KEPHIS officers can visit farmers in their field and diagnose plant diseases if necessary samples can be collected for Laboratory analysis.

KEPHIS Headquarter is located in Karen, Nairobi. There are five regional offices located in Mombasa, Embu, Nakuru, Kisumu and Kitale; one plant quarantine and biosafety station at Muguga and 16 plant inspection units at JKIA, Eldoret, Naivasha, Isiolo, Timau, Nyeri, Lungalunga, Taveta, Namanga, Isebania, Kisumu, Busia, Malaba, Lwakhakha, Suam and Moyale.

No KEPHIS is an autonomous state corporation under ministry of agriculture.

KEPHIS advertises all career opportunities in its website.

Yes. However, all interns’ recruitment is through the Public service commission.

No. KEPHIS certifies seed for all seed Companies in Kenya.

Licensing of chemical pesticides is done by the Pest control products Board (PCPB).

This is done as per call for proposals sent from different donors.

We send them to different donors when they call for proposals.

We get ideas for proposals from departmental funding gaps, and also issues affecting the agriculture sector that need intervention but was not previously budgeted for.

Activities linked to KEPHIS mandate and those that meet the funding project objectives.


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.