Farmers must use certified seed only
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