The European Union (EU) has reviewed its policy on the maximum residue levels (MRLs) allowed for horticulture imports from Kenya.
The recent reviews indicate that the EU has lowered the MRLs for several pesticides allowed for produce entering its market.
For instance, MRL limits have been set at 0.01 milligrammes per kilogramme (mg/kg) against the international standard that sets an MRL level of 2.0 mg/kg.
In addition, exporters and their EU importing agencies will be required to pay $1,212 per consignment for inspection.
The European Union is the leading importer of horticulture produce particularly from Kenya.
Horticulture earnings came in third in the list of foreign exchange contributors in Kenya after diaspora remittances and income from tourism.