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HASSP Field Day, Likumbi, Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia
9 April 2013


Smallholder farmers from Likumbi Camp in Kapiri Mposhi District showed off groundnut, and bean seed crops that were produced under the Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP), overseen by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), with support from the Swiss Development Co-operation (SDC). The four-year pilot project was initiated in 2010 and will run until the end of 2013. The pilot countries are Malawi, Swaziland Zambia and Zimbabwe. Present at the field day were representatives from Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI), Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) and Agricultural Consultative Forum (ACF). Also present was the district commissioner for Kapiri Mposhi, Beatrice Chanda Sikazwe; Central Province agricultural officer, Elizabeth Chuma; the district agricultural coordinator, Benny Tembo; and HaSSP Regional Coordinator, Dr Bellah Mpofu. Scores of farmers from the surrounding villages also graced the occasion.

The district commissioner for Kapiri Mposhi, Beatrice Chanda Sikazwe was the guest of honour at the field day. After a tour of the fields, where she saw the maturing bean and groundnut seed crops, she addressed the seed growers as well as other smallholder farmers and community members. She stated that in her view, the fifty farmers who participated in the project were doing everything possible to make the project a success and the results had been seen from their fields. She said the farmers from her district were appreciative of the project because it was dealing with seed which is a key input in agricultural production throughout the world. While recognizing the other equally important inputs such as fertilizers and use of sound agronomic practices, Mrs Sikazwe noted that these are only intended to exploit the full potential which is carried in the technology hidden in the seed.

She added that in order for agriculture to be a success in this era, a complete package of inputs such as improved seed and fertilizer has to be available and accessible. She warned farmers to be wary of unscrupulous individuals selling fake seed to unsuspecting farmers. During the previous season the farmers in Kapiri Mposhi had produced a total of 23.7 Metric Tonnes of seed which comprised maize, groundnuts and beans. The seed was sold within and outside the district, hence fulfilling the project objective of contributing to improving the availability of and access to seed by smallholder farmers.

During the field day the HaSSP regional project coordinator presented seed possessing equipment consisting of maize shellers and graders, concrete mixers, and portable bag sealers, to the District Commissioner. The District Commissioner in turn presented the seed processing equipment to the two seed producing groups in Kapiri Mposhi. This equipment will help farmers to expedite seed processing and packaging.

HASSP Field Day

HASSP Field Day

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