Comesa sows the seeds for higher growth

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NAIROBI: Mem­ber states of Africa’s largest trad­ing bloc have fi­nalised de­vel­op­ment of joint poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions to re­vi­talise growth of the seed in­dus­try, of­fi­cials said. Speak­ing in Nairobi, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, ex­perts and in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives from the Com­mon Mar­ket for East­ern and South­ern Africa (Comesa) said a new pol­icy and reg­u­la­tory frame­work was an im­per­a­tive to en­hance de­vel­op­ment of high yield­ing seeds to farm­ers. Kenya’s Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Agri­cul­ture Richard Le­siyampe said a ro­bust seed in­dus­try in the east and south­ern African re­gion is key to achieve food se­cu­rity and sus­tain­able rev­enue streams for ru­ral farm­ers. The 19 Comesa mem­ber states have re­aligned their pol­icy frameworks to en­hance de­vel­op­ment and cross-bor­der trade in high-yield­ing seeds. Xin­hua

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