The Zambia Seed Trade Association (ZASTA), along with various members of the seed industry and the SA Trade Hub, gathered in Lusaka to review and consolidate the ongoing national partnership to enhance implementation of the SADC Seed Harmonization Protocol.
This awareness-raising event demonstrated the impact and ownership taken by privately owned seed companies and government organizations in Zambia to make effect use of the opportunities provided through SADC’s harmonized seed regulations. SADC’s harmonized seed regulations seek to increase the variety and quality of seed available across the region to foster higher yields. Demand for a wider variety of better quality seed directly impacts small seed companies who are encouraged to invest and expand in the region to meet the growing demand augmented by the improved regulations.
Photo: The SADC Seed Center Coordinator, Kawonga Kalipoche, the Assistant Director of the Zambia Agricultural Research Institute, Godfrey Mwila, the Director of the Seed Control and Certification Institute Mabel Simwanza, and the Zambia Seed Trade Association Executive Secretary Dr. Watson Mwale at the awareness raising event in Lusaka, Zambia.