Seed Traders Association of Malawi(STAM) has organized a Seed Congress and Expo from 22 – 23 October where delegates are expected to tackle distribution value chains with the aim of finding solutions to improve access to seed by small holder farmers in the country.
Briefing the press STAM Chairperson John Lungu, said the gathering to take place in Lilongwe, will also explore ways of creating a vibrant grain market and Malawi’s preparedness for the domestication of harmonized seed regulations aimed at improving cross border trade.
Lungu noted that use of certified and improved seed is key to Malawi’s achievement of sustainable food security, social and economic development.
He attributed the country’s low agricultural productivity to use of recycled planting materials and a lack of awareness on the importance of using improved certified seeds.
“Recycled seeds lack protection and have no disease resistance. We want to improve our chain through our agro dealer network”
“In the face of climate change, use of improved and certified seeds is important” stressed Lungu”.
With the theme “Taking seeds and associated technologies to farmers” the meeting being held for the first time, will among others draw participation of farmers, researchers, policy makers, agro-dealers and donors.
Established in 2004, STAM was formed with a vision of delivering a steady stream of new varieties for all relevant crops which small holder farmers need to access.