Warehouse Receipt System Expands in Kenya

Smallholder food producers in Kenya are expected to start reaping positive returns as the Warehouse Receipt System (WRS) expands in the country.

Kenya is fast-tracking adoption of WRS which was unveiled in July 2020. Warehouse Receipt Systems is expected to streamline trading in farm commodities as farmers would store their produce in a registered and certified store. The system offers a wide range of benefits to rural farmers: market assurance, best prices and reduction in post-harvest losses.

WRS is being currently functional in Nakuru, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin, Gishu, Meru, Embu, Nyeri, Makueni and Machakos counties.

About Warehouse Receipt System (WRS)

Under the Warehouse Receipt System, owners of commodes, who may be farmers or dealers. deposit produce in certified/approved warehouses. They are issued a title document called a Warehouse Receipt as proof of ownership. In a WRS, the produce is cleaned and fumigated to remove impurities  and pests, alongside commodity grading.

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