- Key agricultural inputs categories are fertilizers, seeds, farm equipment and agrochemicals
- All agricultural inputs are distributed through a system of importers, wholesalers and retailers
- Agricultural inputs supply is mostly driven by private sector, though in fertilizer, Government imports and distributes at subsidized prices.
- Agricultural inputs are only available in high agricultural potential areas and to large scale commercial farmers
- Inadequate flow of information on products’ use and benefits through the trade chain.
- Weak enforcement of inputs quality standards has led to proliferation of substandard products and counterfeits.
- Lack of adequate financial capacity of traders to sufficiently stock for the peak periods.
- Low farm productivity is calling for adoption of new technologies and innovations
- Growing urban population is increasing the demand for agricultural produce
- Increasing farmer education and discernment leading to demand for quality inputs.
- Climate change impact and land fragmentation is driving the need for more effective agricultural inputs
Key Sector Challenges
Improve agricultural inputs market information
- Adoption of innovative ways to pass on appropriate information across the supply chain
- Adoption of ICT, improved marketing and customer service practices across agricultural inputs’ trade
Improve access and demand of quality agricultural inputs
- Adoption of innovative trade inventory management systems
- Enable commercialization of climate smart products and climate resilient agricultural inputs
- Promote availability of affordable financial products for smallholder farmers and rural agro-dealers
Enhance application of quality standards
- Advocate change of agricultural inputs packaging material taxation legislation to lower inputs prices
- Promote enforcement of agricultural inputs quality control to reduce substandard products and counterfeits