By Prossy Nandudu
The Presidential Advisory Committee on Exports and Industrial Development (PACEID) is embarking on training players in the horticulture sector to prepare them for new markets.
The training will take into account standards, adherence to the set guidelines, and packaging among others.
In addition to the training, stakeholders will also be Initiatives lined up by PACEID to facilitate exports including improvement of border facilities to enable proper handling and quick clearance of exports, identification of trade representatives, and development of a catalogue specific to horticulture products, among others.
This was revealed by Brenda Katarikawe, in charge of export promotions at PACEID, while addressing the horticulture platform during a video conference on June 8.
“In this space, we want to ensure international standards and regulations are in place. We are engaging the government about the different laws that affect agricultural exports,” said Katarikawe.
She added that the committee has identified 8 laws to be reviewed in order to facilitate export trade. Laws that should be reviewed according to PACEID include laws on animal health, and food safety among others.
The committee is also studying the proposed regulation by the Ministry of Agriculture that will take care of food safety, veterinary, and agro inputs among others.
Other initiatives to move the export business further is the promotion of technology in data collection and processing to inform policy reviews and formulations for the sector, among others.