New regional standards for grains to be ready, October

Experts during EAC Staple Foods Standards Review Meeting, Kigali, Rw

The process of revising standards for nine staple foods in the region will be  completed and gazetted by October, standards bodies and experts from the five East African Community member states said.

It was announced Tuesday during a regional meeting aimed at gathering public views on standards on the newly proposed standards. The move is aimed to promote structured trading systems of the selected foods to ensure consumer safety.

The five-day meeting is hosted by Rwanda Standards Board and was convened by EAC Secretariat with support from East Africa Grain Council (EAGC) and other partners.

Gerald Makau Masila, the executive director of Eastern Africa Grain Council, said more training must be enhanced on post-harvest handling.

He said that after experts conducted a Gap Analysis Study on standards to be revised, subsequent consultations for public inputs  were also carried out in all countries with key players assessing the capacity of grain laboratories to implement the standards.

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