Kenya plans new regulation to protect farmers Author: Monitor Correspondent Date: 14 May 12
Posted Friday, May 11 2012.
The Kenyan government will regulate and control prices of agricultural and livestock products to promote the sector’s growth and protect farmers from exploitation by unscrupulous middlemen.
Agriculture minister Sally Kosgei says other sector related ministries have drafted Bills to consolidate and repeal the over 130 archaic laws currently in force.
“The consolidation of the pre-colonial legislations that have for a long time hindered growth of the agricultural and related sub-sectors is the most comprehensive reform process so far that is guaranteed to bring about instant rewards to the ailing sector, “ says Kosgei.
Key among the consolidated Bills is the Agriculture, Livestock and Food Authority (ALFA).
The Bill aims at providing for the consolidation of the law on regulation and promotion of agricultural development, paving the way for the establishment of ALFA.
The authority will be tasked with the amalgamation of all agricultural sector regulatory State corporations as directorates and competent authorities under its umbrella. It will also seek to map out transitional clauses for parastatals that have commercial roles. The Livestock Bill 2012 aims at regulating matters on livestock and its products having been developed after consolidation of numerous livestock related laws.
It further proposes repeal of unnecessary laws creating an enabling environment for investment in the sub-sector. Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture John Mututho says the new laws will bring sanity to the sector by guaranteeing adherence to hygienic standards in the handling agricultural food products.