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NAIROBI Authentic DeAndre Jordan Jersey , Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Kenya has developed a food safety framework to help ascertain food safety and quality from the farm to both local and international markets, a government official revealed on Wednesday.

Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, said that once it becomes operational, the framework will help strengthen the weak links along the food supply chain in the country.

"The framework will help boost good agricultural practices and also enable traders to apply good distribution practices to improve the sub-sector that currently contributes 27 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)," Bett said while opening the first fruit and vegetables conference in Nairobi.

Bett said that the framework has been completed and is awaiting approval by the cabinet to become operational.

He told the meeting that the safety of produce for Kenyan consumers is just as necessary as foreign market customers.

In 2013, Kenyan beans and peas were subjected to special inspections at port of entry into the European Union (EU) due to the presence of high pesticide levels.

This resulted into a drop in exports of both products to the EU markets and affecting 5,000 smallholder farmers.

"Food safety for the domestic market is an area that needs strategic interventions by all stakeholders to instill responsibility in the sub-sector," Bett added.

He attributed consumption of unsafe food in the country to lack of awareness by consumers to demand quality foods.

"While it is important that the domestic consumption of fresh horticultural produce continues to increase, negative food safety reports linked to fresh fruits and vegetables in the domestic market, in the last three years, threaten this and efforts at domestic level are therefore essential to resolve these food safety problems," he added.

He told participants at the conference to develop appropriate protocols to protect consumers in the domestic market from eating produce that is contaminated.

Bett observed that the level of malnutrition is currently high and is as high as 28 percent in some parts of the country due to lack of quality food yet the country is endowed with different climatic conditions that are favorable to farming activity.

The two-day conference is being attended by both private and public stakeholders in the fruit and vegetables.

The discussion ranges from the existing challenges and opportunities with greater emphasis on promoting competitiveness of Kenya's fresh fruits and vegetables agri-business through enhanced adoption of food safety standards.

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XIAMEN, China, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The international business community at the BRICS Business Forum inaugurated here Sunday expressed confidence in cooperation built by the BRICS bloc grouping Brazil, Russia, India, China and Russia, hoping such cooperation can be furthered in future.

About 1,200 business elites from more than 600 enterprises gathered here to attend the two-day forum, an important side event of the BRICS summit in Xiamen City of southeast China's Fujian Province.

"The BRICS is never about short-term fluctuation of economic activity. It's always about complementarity," Jeremy Stevens, an economist with Standard Bank, Africa's largest bank headquartered in South Africa, told Xinhua on the sidelines of the business forum.

In a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledged that BRICS countries have encountered headwinds of varying intensity affected by complex internal and external environments, but he is upbeat about the countries' growth outlook.

Together, the five countries now represent 44 percent of the world's population and 23 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP), up from 12 percent a decade ago.

"I'm very positive about BRICS and we'll continue to support China in its endeavors to facilitate trade and investment," Stevens said.

Amid the rise of trade protectionism, Stevens said Xi's speech was "so great" as he mentioned Xiamen, one of China's earliest special economic zones, in his opening remarks to remind the world "how important being open to trade and investment."

Atul Dalakoti, executive director of the Federation of the Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, also hailed Xi's speech as "comprehensive, strategic and future-looking" and expressed his confidence in BRICS.

"The intent is there. They (BRICS countries) intend to do things, to change things, to look for drivers for growth," Dalakoti told Xinhua, adding that such determination should be followed by concrete policy decisions and "that will make a real difference."

Looking to the future, Dalakoti said he hoped that starting from the Xiamen summit, there will be a new consensus among the BRICS countries that they need develop their economies "with a much closer relationship."

Li Yong, director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, told Xinhua that he believed the BRICS countries will enjoy great potential for cooperation in the future.

"As long as the five countries explore their advantages, their cooperation will go smoothly which will be like 'adding wings to a tiger'," Li said.

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