NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY SERVICES ACT, 2001.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT, FUNCTIONS AND COMPOSITION OF THE ORGANISATION AND BOARD.

   3.   Establishment of the NAADS.

   4.   Seal of the Organisation.

   5.   Objectives of the Organisation.

   6.   Functions of the Organisation.

   7.   Composition of the Organisation.

   8.   Board of Directors.

   9.   Remuneration of members.

   10.   Functions of the Board.

   11.   Meetings of Board.

   12.   Committees of Board.

PART III
THE SECRETARIAT.

   13.   Secretariat and Executive Director.

   14.   Other Staff.

PART IV
FARMERS' GROUPS AND COMMITTEES.

   15.   Registration of farmers groups.

   16.   Deregistration of farmers group.

   17.   Establishment of the Subcounty Farmers Forum.

   18.   Functions of the Subcounty Farmers Forum.

   19.   Establishment of the District Farmers Forum.

   20.   Functions of the District Farmers Forum.

   21.   Establishment of the National Farmers Forum.

   22.   Functions of the National Farmers Forum.

   23.   Regulation of procedures of farmers groups and fora.

PART V
SERVICE PROVIDERS.

   24.   Contracting of service providers.

   25.   Functions of service providers.

PART VI
FINANCIAL PROVISIONS.

   26.   Funds of the Organisation.

   27.   Financial year of the Organisation.

   28.   Estimates.

   29.   Accounts, audit and report.

PART VII
MISCELLANEOUS.

   30.   Protection of members and staff from civil action.

   31.   Reports to the Board.

   32.   Regulations.

   33.   Minister's power to amend Schedules.

      First Schedule   Meetings of the Board.

      Second Schedule   Group registration form.

      Third Schedule   Certificate of registration of farmers group.

      Fourth Schedule   Functions of the service providers.

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY SERVICES ACT, 2001.

Commencement: 1 June, 2001.

   An Act to provide for the establishment of an Organisation known as the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), its composition, functions and administration, for the promotion of market oriented agriculture and to provide for other related and incidental matters.

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

1.   Short title.

   This Act may be cited as the National Agricultural Advisory Services Act, 2001.

2.   Interpretation.

   In this Act unless the context otherwise requires—

   "advisory services" means the provision of guidance to farmers or farmers groups with regard to the operation and management of their farming enterprises;

   "agriculture" means the management of crops, animals or fish for producing food, fibre or wood;

   "Board" means the Board established under section 8 of this Act;

   "District NAADS Co-ordinator" means a technical officer recruited by the district to be in charge of NAADS activities in a district;

   "farmer" means a person who derives his or her livelihood from crops or animals (land or water based);

   "farmers group" means a group of individual farmers, an association, cooperative or any legal entity with a common farming interest;

   "farmers forum" means a forum, comprising farmers groups at the subcounty, district or national level;

   "Local Governments Councils" means the councils set out in the Local Governments Act;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for agriculture;

   "Organisation" means the National Agricultural Advisory Services Organisation (NAADS) established under section 3;

   "Parish" means an administrative unit established under the Local Governments Act;

   "Secretariat" means the Secretariat established under section 13;

   "service provider" means a person or body contracted to deliver advisory services;

   "Subcounty Coordinator" means a technical officer recruited by the Local Government to be in charge of NAADS activities in a subcounty.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT, FUNCTIONS AND COMPOSITION OF THE ORGANISATION AND BOARD.

3.   Establishment of the NAADS.

   (1) There is established an Organisation to be known as the National Agricultural Advisory Services Organisation, (NAADS).

   (2) The Organisation shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue or be sued in its corporate name.

   (3) The Organisation may for and in connection with its objectives and functions under this Act purchase, hold, manage and dispose of any property, whether movable or immovable, and may enter into any contract and other transactions as may be expedient and may do any act or thing that is lawfully done by a body corporate.

4.   Seal of the Organisation.

   (1) The seal of the Organisation shall be kept under the custody of the Executive Director and shall be authenticated by the signatures of the Chairperson of the Board and the Executive Director.

   (2) A document purporting to be an instrument issued by the Organisation and sealed with the seal of the Organisation and authenticated in the manner provided under subsection (1) shall be deemed to be a valid document and admissible in evidence without further proof unless the contrary is shown.

5.   Objectives of the Organisation.

   The objects for which the Organisation is established are—

   (a)   to promote food security, nutrition and household incomes through increased productivity and market oriented farming;

   (b)   to empower all farmers to access and utilise contracted agricultural advisory services;

   (c)   to promote farmer groups to develop capacity to manage farming enterprises;

   (d)   to create options for financing and delivery of agricultural advice for the different types of farmers but with emphasis on subsistence farmers, particularly women, youth and people with disabilities;

   (e)   to gradually shift from public delivery to private delivery of agricultural advice;

   (f)   to develop private sector agricultural advisory delivery capacity and systems and assure quality of advice;

   (g)   to catalyse the participation of the private sector to fund agricultural advisory services.

6.   Functions of the Organisation.

   (1) The functions of the Organisation are to contribute to the modernisation of the agricultural sector in order to increase total factor productivity of both the land and labour for the benefit of the farmers and to this end, the Organisation shall—

   (a)   support the provision of advice and information services to farmers;

   (b)   support technology development and linkages with markets;

   (c

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