Agro-processor Twiga Foods is setting up facilities to test fruits and vegetables sourced from farmers for pesticide residues to ensure safety of consumers.

The testing of produce is meant to address concerns over contamination of agricultural produce with chemicals used on the farm.

The food safety initiative follows the recent signing of a $5 million (Sh500m) financing deal with the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation to expand the firm’s distribution network and improve food security and agricultural wages for farmers it works with.

Mr Kikonde Mwatela, the chief executive, said the firm is committed to ensuring high food standards are maintained from farm to fork.

He said the firm will help farmers access reliable markets. Twiga will work with the Agriculture Food Authority and Kalro to ensure the safety standards are maintained.

On average, the firm handles 130 tonnes of fruits and vegetables daily, providing a reliable market for 8,370 farmers.
CREDIT — Faith Nyamai

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