Delayed harmonisation of policies for encouraging the transfer of seeds across East and Southern Africa is hampering trade and increased agricultural growth, experts say.
The goal to harmonise seed trade resulted from having different policies across countries, thus impeding transfer technology to promote agriculture in the region. Harmonised seed policies ensure that countries with similar agricultural production characteristics can trade their seeds for mutual benefits without challenges.
According to Mable Simwanza, director of Seed Control and Certification Institute of Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture, the challenge facing seed technology transfer is that many countries are at different stages of harmonisation including launching the process at country level and parliament endorsement. Read more