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HASSP Field Day, Ekupheleni, Swaziland
16 April 2013


Ms. Calisile Thwala, a smallholder farmer and member of the Siyatfutfuka Association from Ekupheleni, Motjane, Swaziland hosted the 2013 field day. The field day, attended by over 50 people, which included representatives from Seed Quality Control Services (SQSC), CANGO, the government extension service, and the Swaziland National Agricultural Union (SNAU). Also present was Mr. Nelson Mavuso, representing the Principal Secretary of Agriculture, Executive Director for CANGO Mr. Emmanuel Dlangamandla, Village Chief, Babe Dlovula and HaSSP Regional Coordinator, Dr Bellah Mpofu.

The association showcased its Kraanskop bean seed crops. Ms Thwala explained to the attendees the process that members of the association had gone through in planting and keeping the bean seed crops healthy. She also mentioned the challenges they had experienced with diseases, and how they managed to rescue the crops. The association is in its first season of seed production, with six hactares of land under been seed crops.

Mr. Mavuso addressed the gathering on behalf of the Principal Secretary of Agriculture, thanking all partners for supporting Swaziland and smallholder farmers since the start of the project. He also congratulated the farmers for embracing the project and devoting a lot of time to producing seed in Swaziland in order to ensure food security.

Mr. Christopher Mthethwa, representing SQCS took the gathering through the achievements of the project since inception. Mentioning that ?? groups of farmers are part of the project since 2010 and have produced ?? tonnes of bean seeds and ?? tonnes of maize seed. Dr. Mpofu, addressed the gathering, congratulating Swaziland for being one of the first countries to submit draft legislation for harmonization with the SADC Seed Regulatory System. The Village Chief, Babe Dlovula thanked the project partners for bringing the project to his village and inspiring young people to take up farming. He promised to look at identifying land that will be used for the project as at the moment the association is renting the land they are piloting on.

About HaSSP
The Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP), is overseen by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), with support from the Swiss Development Co-operation (SDC). This is a four-year pilot project initiated in 2010 and will run until the end of 2013. The pilot countries are Malawi, Swaziland Zambia and Zimbabwe.

HASSP Field Day, Ekupheleni, Swaziland

HASSP Field Day, Ekupheleni, Swaziland

HASSP Field Day, Ekupheleni, Swaziland

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