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Fake Seeds Seized by Multi-Agency Security Team in Nakuru

A multi-agency security team in Nakuru successfully impounded counterfeit maize seeds in Njoro. The raid, led by Nakuru County Commissioner Loyford Kibaara, targeted a company licensed for timber sales following a tip-off from vigilant members of the public who had raised suspicions about the illicit trade in fake seeds.

According to Kibaara, officers from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and Kenya Seed, in collaboration with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), swiftly responded to the intelligence. Their coordinated efforts resulted in the seizure of 101 kilograms of treated seeds prepared for the market.

During the operation, authorities also confiscated various incriminating items, including seed machines, eight sacks of untreated Kenya Seed, glue, stickers, sewing machines, and labeling materials. The analysis conducted by the security team revealed that the seized stickers were counterfeit.

In connection with the illegal activity, one suspect was apprehended, underlining the seriousness with which authorities are tackling such offenses.

Loyford Kibaara emphasized the importance of public vigilance and cooperation in combating the proliferation of counterfeit agricultural inputs. Simon Maina, Acting Director of Seed Certification at KEPHIS, echoed this sentiment, urging farmers to exercise caution, especially as the planting season approaches.

“With the planting season looming, ensuring the quality of seeds is paramount,” remarked Maina. “We have deployed our officers to inspect seed quality on the ground. Collaboration with farmers is crucial, and we encourage them to report any suspicions of counterfeit seeds. It’s imperative for farmers to source seeds from trusted suppliers.”

The impounded seeds and related materials were seized at a company premises near Gold Estate, underscoring the proximity of illicit activities to residential areas. The successful operation signifies a proactive step in safeguarding the interests of farmers and upholding agricultural standards in the region.

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