INBOUND LOGISTICSFindings Concerns Recommendations
ProcurementSupply of organic inputseither produced in farm orpurchased is insufficient,inappropriate, and/or notof desired quality.Lack of appropriate inputs,quality and quantity-wise,will hamper productionand producers will not beable to serve orders.Develop a database of suppliers with indicationsas to the quantity andquality of organic inputsthat they can provide.Disseminate informationfrom the database toproducers.Planting materials maybetreated with chemicals notallowed in the nationalstandards for organicproduce; certified organicfertilizers are notavailable or are limited inquantity.If reliable sources of organic seeds, plantingmaterials and fertilizersare limited or not widelydisseminated, producerswill not be able to turnout organic produce whichcomplies to standards.Undertake mapping of organic producing areas inthe country to identifysources of inputs andverify their process.Screen the sources andestablish a data basesystem of reliable sources.
Human Resource ManagementProducers/ farmers are notgenerally aware andeducated on the use of organic agriculturetechnology andapproaches.If awareness and educationare on a limited scale,organic agriculture will notmake a nationwide impactand producers cannot tapmarket opportunities.Intensify/sustain efforts toeducate producers/farmers through trainingprograms by government,academe and privatesector advocates.Facilitate effectivesharing of good andcreative productionpractices. Document anddisseminate bestpractices.Social benefits for humanresources involved in thepractice of organicagriculture (farmers,workers, private sectoradvocates) areinadequate.Inadequate social benefitswill hinder the entry of new players and may evencause existingpractitioners/ personnel toshift to other industries.The sector should lobbygovernment for a policy onsocial benefits to organicworkers, i.e. a MagnaCharta for organicfarmers, workers andprivate sector advocates.Trainers and inspectors fororganic certification arenot enough.With limited personnel,organic farming andcertification methods aredisseminated only to asmall segment of thepopulation leading tolimited production output.Provide a supportmechanism and training forpotential trainers andinspectors who cantransfertechnology/information tofarmers/ producers.