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Celebrating Innovative Seed growers: The Zimbabwe Success Story
28 April 2011


It was a mixture of celebrating success, entertainment, good food and good attendance that characterised a very successful Harmonised Seed Security project (HaSSP) field day in Zimbabwe.

The event was held at Fuve/Panganai Irrigation Scheme in Zaka on the 28th of April 2011. It was organized by the HaSSP Zimbabwe lead organization on the community seed project, GRM International together with the FANRPAN Node and showcased:
  • Importance of HaSSP to the farming community of Zimbabwe, especially in seed production
  • Good management practices of the seed crop
  • Advertising the seed crop
  • Appreciation of the funding from the Swiss Development Co-operation
The day commenced with a field visit to the seed crops that were a direct result of the HaSSP pilot project in four SADC member states to provide enabling support to domesticate the regional seed protocol; harmonize seed policies and legislation; and implement the provisions of the protocol with enhanced national capacities. The four pilot countries are: Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Two sites were visited: beans and groundnuts!

This was followed by entertainment: song and dance. The highlight of the gathering was that the whole event saw a farmer, Mr E Chekenyere, assuming the role ofProgramme Director. This was a true value add to the entire process and the critical role of a colourful programme director ensured that the event was a resounding success.

The speakers ranged from the FANRPAN representative and manager of the HaSSP project, Dr Bellah Mpofu, the guest speaker on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture was Mr K Pedzisai, the District Agricultural Extension Officer- Zaka. Other speakers included, a Farmer representative Mr C Mawozvere, FANRPAN Node Coordinator Dr I Mharapara and in addition - Chief Nhema. All speakers highlighted the positive impact the project was making on the lives of the farmers and community members. GRM International partnered with Progene Seed (a private seed company) to market the farmers' seed.

Farmers who produced the best seed crops were presented with prizes one wheelbarrow each- presented by Chief Nhema. The best groundnut seed grower were Mr and Mrs Gundani while the best bean seed growers were Mr and Mrs Chipembe

Also present was a freelance reporter, and a film crew that captured the entire proceedings on still and video footage.

The field day which was attended by more than 2 000 farmers and stakeholders was well represented and had constituents ranging from
  1. Dr Mlambo, adviser to Ministry of Agriculture and former PS-Ministry of Agriculture
  2. Mr K Pedzisai District Agriculture Extension Officer (Guest of Honour)
  3. Zaka District Police Community Officer
  4. Primary School Head Masters
  5. Zaka District Veterinary services
  6. Zaka District / Masvingo Ministry of Health reps
  7. Zaka District / Masvingo Women and Gender Affairs rep
    1. Zaka District heads: Prison and Judicial; Land Reform; Ministry of Justice; Agritex; Council CEO; Chief Technician, Department of Irrigation; District Development Fund; Public Works; Zimbabwe Republic Police; District Administrator; Department of Livestock; National Food Security; National Housing; Agriculture Mechanisation
    2. Masvingo Provincial Reps: Head of Livestock Production; Agritex Head
    3. Implementing partners: GRM International; Care International; ZFU District chairperson
The Zimbabwe Story:
  • A seed producing community has been established in Zaka district-Masvingo province. The farmers have grown groundnut and sugar bean seed for the 2010-2011 growing season.
  • HaSSP Consultants conducted an audit of the seed certification institute (Seed Services-) in Zimbabwe during the period 14-17 March 2011. The objective of the audit was to enable FANRPAN to identify human capacity/knowledge gaps and training needs in Zimbabwe.
  • HaSSP conducted a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Training workshop from the 13th-14th of January 2011 in Masvingo to sensitize the 13 participants on M&E concepts as well as to develop an M&E framework for the project in Zimbabwe.
  • FANRPAN was subcontracted by AFSTA to conduct baseline studies under Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA's) COMRAP project in each of the four pilot countries. A baseline study was conducted on the seed sector of Zimbabwe. A report was submitted detailing current requirements for variety release and registration; standards for seed certification; phytosanitary measures; plant variety protection; seed import/export documentation and procedures; as well as membership to international organizations.
  • The Zimbabwe FANRPAN organized a HaSSP planning workshop attended by 51 stakeholders in the seed business including FAO .The workshop was officiated by Mr N Masoka, the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Mechanization. The purpose of the workshop was to develop a plan for Zimbabwe to harmonize its policies, legislation and systems with SADC protocols on seed.
  • The national work plan developed by stakeholders in Harare was reviewed in Pretoria during a HaSSP Regional Planning and Budget Meeting conducted from the 10th to the 11th of August 2010 where a regional action plan was developed.
  • The two seed elders in Zimbabwe are Dr Samuel MuchenaAfrican Center for Fertilizer Development (ACFD) and Mr Liberty Mhlanga former Director of Agricultural Development Association (ARDA).
Celebrating Innovative Seed growers: The Zimbabwe Success Story Celebrating Innovative Seed growers: The Zimbabwe Success Story
Chief Nhema Dr Mlambo, adviser to Ministry of Agriculture and former PS-Ministry of Agriculture
Chief Nhema Dr Mlambo, adviser to Ministry of Agriculture and former PS-Ministry of Agriculture
Mr K Pedzisai District Agriculture Extension Officer-Guest of Honour
Mr K Pedzisai District Agriculture Extension Officer-Guest of Honour

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