Mock Farm Audits

By Newton Oluoch

Preparation for audits can be challenging and time-consuming. At Benok Exporters Ltd, we not only guide you towards compliance, we provide residential compliance and quality management systems to keep your business compliant at all times. In addition, we also carry out a pre-audit against all the major GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and Food Safety standards too help benchmark your organization’s level of preparedness for the main audit.

Our standard Audit Focuses on, but is not Limited to:

  • The Field Pests and Disease management Procedures
  • Compliance to The Global and Kenyan GAP regulations
  • Processing and Packaging Procedures
  • Prevailing adjacent field conditions
  • The available farm labour and employee policies.
  • The Soil fertilization Procedures.
  • Water sources
  • Behaviors and conditions that increase contamination risks,
  • Use and storage of chemicals,
  • Harvest and Post-harvest operations.

UN FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization) estimates that annually between 20% – 40% of global crop production are lost to pests. The Kenyan government has estimated post-harvest losses at 20 % every season, this is totaling to around KES150 B  in post-harvest loss.

What raises the stakes here, is the many stringent laws formulated globally and locally almost every season to maintain quality of produce and legislation that lowers the profit margins of farmers who lack prior knowledge to address their day-to-day activities.

The good news is that Benok Agriculture has a well trained and experienced team who can help the farmer not only meet the global standards in their production but increase the profitability of their venture at the same time.

To maintain the Integrity of your farm ensure that;

Pests and Diseases are treated using sustainable methods that will promote productivity of the land in years to come. It is important to note that from the 2018 Europhyt report, East Africa products have had high alarm on False Codling Moth in Vegetables such as Capsicum and fruits e.g. Fuerte Avocado.

Chemical Maximum Residue Levels, Pesticides and Fungicides meet the prevailing GAP standards and crops exposed to such are fit for human consumption. Aspects such as post harvest interval, active ingredient and its action spectrum are key elements you should be kin on before deciding on a solution.

According to the 2018 Europhyt Report; there was a profound increase in seed interceptions in 2018, largely due to interceptions on small and medium sized postal packages, led by Germany and the United Kingdom, with the absence of a phytosanitary certificate as principal non-conformity. Harmful organism interceptions in seeds however remained very low. Fruit and vegetables (particularly peppers, Solanum other than potato and tomato, mango, citrus, basil, and various gourds), cut flowers, wood packaging material, and planting material remained the main commodities intercepted with harmful organisms. Interceptions of fruit flies, white flies and false codling moth on fruit and vegetables fell during 2018, whereas increases were recorded in thrips, citrus black spot, leaf miners, fall armyworm and citrus canker. Regarding cut flowers, the pronounced increase in harmful organism interceptions was mainly attributed to false codling moth interceptions.

For a more detailed farm Mock Audit, feel free to contact us we aspire to help farmers  Produce, Conserve and Improve Lives.

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