SEED CO IN­VESTS IN GROW­ING FARMER YIELDS:

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Mu­nashe Matambo Busi­ness Reporter

HY­BRID seed pro­cess­ing com­pany, Seed Co, has started run­ning the Eleven Tonne Plus Club Pro­mo­tion, tar­get­ing com­mer­cial farm­ers with at least 10 hectares of the firm’s seed va­ri­eties grown dur­ing the 2017 /18 sea­son as part of efforts to boost food se­cu­rity.

Con­cur­rently, the seed com­pany is rolling out the Soy­abean Five Tonne Club tar­get­ing com­mer­cial farm­ers with at least 20 hectares of cer­ti­fied Seed Co soy­abean va­ri­eties.

The Seed Co Eleven Tonne Plus Club Pro­mo­tion is one of the most pro­duc­tiv­ity en­hanc­ing ini­tia­tives, which the seed com­pany is rolling out for the cur­rent (2017 /18) sum­mer maize crop. The yield con­test, which is set to close be­tween Au­gust and Septem­ber this year, is an ex­ten­sion tool which is aimed at en­cour­ag­ing and en­hanc­ing food grain pro­duc­tiv­ity among com­mer­cial farm­ers.

Seed Co Agron­omy and Ex­ten­sions Ser­vices man­ager Mr John Basera, told The Her­ald Busi­ness that yield as­sess­ments are al­ready un­der­way and par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els are high.

“The con­test will demon­strate the high yield­ing thrust and ge­netic yield po­ten­tial of Seed Co maize va­ri­eties — phe­nom­e­non called Ge­netic Gains.

“Ex­cel­lent ge­net­ics (seed va­ri­eties) cou­pled with the reli­gious adop­tion of good agro­nomic prac­tices, are fun­da­men­tal pil­lars in in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity at farm level. It is the ‘golden cou­ple’ to im­prov­ing grain pro­duc­tiv­ity,” he said.

Mr Basera said that at har­vest­ing, an in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment team com­pris­ing of rep­re­sen­ta­tives (pro­vin­cial and na­tional) from Agri­tex and the four farmer unions in Zim­babwe, that is, Zim­babwe Na­tional Farm­ers Union (ZNFU), Com­mer­cial Farm­ers Union (CFU), Zim­babwe Com­mer­cial Farm­ers Union (ZCFU) and Zim­babwe Farm­ers Union (ZFU), will be re­spon­si­ble for ran­domly sam­pling out and mea­sur­ing an hectare us­ing a GPS, dig­i­tal or bal­anc­ing scales.

The com­pe­ti­tion will en­able the best com­mer­cial farm­ers through­out the coun­try to be re­warded for their hard work and reli­gious adop­tion of GAPs (Good Agro­nomic Prac­tises) in maize and soy­abean pro­duc­tion.

He said, “The as­sess­ment team will rank the farm­ers ac­cord­ing to their yields per as­sessed one hectare blocks and the top three farm­ers will be an­nounced be­tween Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber 2018 at a prize giv­ing cer­e­mony.

“All farm­ers who reg­is­ter and sur­pass the 11 tonne thresh­old/hectare qual­ify to 11 tonne plus club par­tic­i­pants.

“All par­tic­i­pants will walk away with con­so­la­tion prizes and cer­tifi­cates,” he added.

The com­pany stated that a farmer must have at least 10 hectares of maize to par­tic­i­pate in the Seed Co Eleven Tonne Plus Club Pro­mo­tion.

To par­tic­i­pate in the Soy­abean Five Tonne Club Con­test a farmer must have at least 20 hectares of soy­abean crop.

The con­test will demon­strate the high yield­ing thrust and ge­netic yield po­ten­tial of Seed Co maize va­ri­eties

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