Panel discussions: Supporting the private sector

The Director of Crop Resources from MAAIF, Mr. Okasaai Opolot, served as discussant during the closing session. He showed strong interest in the business solutions presented, and explained that quality issues are a private public affair: The MAAIF doesn’t need hundreds of inspectors if the private sector can lend support in verification exercises.

Director Opolot then went on to highlight that one of the biggest challenges his Ministry faces is the fast appearance and disappearance of actors on the agricultural input market. To improve regulation, he therefore plans to introduce an electronic platform that would allow to collect data on quality of inputs, institute a recall system, and manage potential subsidies. However, this idea is still in development, and he therefore invited all participants of the event to join him in an agricultural inputs workshop that the MAAIF will hold on regular basis.