Maize
MANA. Mzuzu, May 28, 2017: The Mzuzu Agricultural Development Division (ADD), this week asked seed producing companies in the country to try, as much as possible, secure their brands to prevent counterfeit seeds from flooding the market.
Programme Manager for Mzuzu ADD, Wellington Phewa, made the appeal during an agricultural field visit conducted by Monsanto Malawi, at Mhuju Extension Planning Area (EPA) in Rumphi district.

“For the past years, farmere, especially in rural areas have been crying due to fake seeds, that were found everywhere on the market,” Phewa said.
To protect farmers from fraudsters, Phewa said, there was need for seed producing companies in the country, to come up with unique features on the packets of their brands, that would be difficult for vendors to imitate and produce fake ones.
Commenting on the matter, Monsanto Regional Sales Manager for the North, Raphael Mataka, said Monsanto Malawi Company has already changed their packaging to include unique copy proof features.
Speaking in an interview later one farmer, Mabvuto Shawa said it is important for different seed companies in the country to be very innovative and produce more weather resilient seed varieties.
Shawa hailed the introduction in the country of high yielding, disease-resistant, and drought tolerant varieties, which he said were very crucial in improving food security in the country.
“We are told that Malawi and other countries have been faced with the problem of climate change and it’s true. There is, therefore, a need for farmers to plant resilient seed in order to overcome this problem,” Shawa observed.
He added that in the just ended farming season crops, many fields were affected by the stalk borer and that is more reason for companies to come up with more resilient seed varieties.
The field day was held under the theme “Using hybrid maize seeds that suit our areas, in the wake of climate change, in order to do away with hunger, and poverty at both household and national level”
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