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HaSSP seed certification training workshop, Mozambique
27 March 2012 - 29 March 2012


Seed Systems in southern African countries are diverse with little synchrony amongst states in regulations and procedures. In order to develop and stimulate the seed sector, the harmonisation of seed regulations has received much attention by various organisations in the last decade, culminating in the SADC Seed Regulatory System agreed upon by the majority of SADC states in 2011. This framework for a harmonised seed system covers variety release, seed certification and phytosanitary measures. Implementation of the SADC Seed System is now underway with SADC establishing a Regional Seed Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. In addition to this, two donor-funded projects are underway to compliment the activities of SADC. First, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has funded the Harmonised Seed Security Project (HaSSP) through FANRPAN to pilot implementation of the SADC Seed Regulatory System in four countries, namely, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In March 2012, HaSSP organised a Workshop on Seed Quality Control Training in Maputo, Mozambique. This brought together seed specialists from the national seed units, NPPOs and private seed companies to undergo training in seed certification, including seed sampling, seed testing and field inspection methodology and to map out a way forward for implementing the SADC Seed Certification. In addition, phytosanitary aspects were also looked at.

HaSSP seed certification training workshop, Mozambique

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