The Kenya Flower Council (KFC) attended a stakeholder’s consultative meeting on the Agriculture Food and Fisheries Authority (AFFA) Act 2013 organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in collaboration with the Horticultural Crops Development Authority (HCDA) held on October 23, 2013 at a Nairobi hotel.
The meeting was called to inform participants on the recent legislative changes in the agriculture sector and the enactment of the AFFA, the Crops Act 2013 and the proposed HCDA regulations that will be in force in the horticulture industry.
Proposed general amendments to AFFA Bill 2013:
– Representation of the private sector on the AFFA board.
– Creation and management of commodities funds
– Role of the county governments
– Representation of the Land Commission on the AFFA board
Proposed amendments to Horticultural Crops Regulations 2013
– Technical and Advisory Committee representation
– HCDA License
– Industry Regulation
Directorate (HCDA) will regulate nurseries as well as farms throughout the country. It needs to be clear how this will interface with the county governments and also consider the capability within HCDA to carry out such a function
Finally, there is need to re-evaluate all the institutions now being converted to directorates including KEPHIS and PCPB to see what impact they have had in the development of horticulture, their capacity vis a vis their aspirations under the new Act. It is also paramount to provide recognition to stakeholder associations for inclusivity and ownership of policies and implementation guidelines.