Farm­ers must use cer­ti­fied seed only

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — In­stead of wor­ry­ing more on how to deal with fake seed traders, why not en­cour­age farm­ers to just use cer­ti­fied seed from seed houses?

If re­sources are in short sup­ply, they can use re­cy­cled seed from well-known sources and sim­ply shun buy­ing seed from un­known sources thereby greatly com­pro­mis­ing yields.

Fake seed traders will al­ways be there as long as farm­ers con­tinue ‘’sup­port­ing’’ and ‘’pro­mot­ing’’ them by buy­ing seed from them as a way of re­duc­ing in­puts costs.

It is bet­ter for farm­ers, if they want, to use re­cy­cled seed to exchange among them­selves be­cause the re­al­ity is not all farm­ers can af­ford to buy cer­ti­fied seed on their own.

They can help their sit­u­a­tion through reg­is­ter­ing for Com­mand Agri­cul­ture where farm­ers who reg­is­tered are pro­vided with in­puts like seed and fer­tilis­ers as well as tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance from Ex­ten­sion work­ers.

There are many advantages of us­ing cer­ti­fied seed to farm­ers like know­ing and be­ing as­sured that the seed is of good qual­ity and es­tab­lished iden­tity by an of­fi­cial agency af­ter in­spec­tion.

Thus, it is wiser for farm­ers to use cer­ti­fied seed than buy from deal­ers, hun­gry thieves and fake seed traders. Felix Zonke, Harare

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