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Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) Variety Release Training workshops
February 2012


The Harmonized Seed Security Project conducted variety release training workshops during the period 7 - 8 February, and 14 - 15 February in Harare and Swaziland respectively. In Zimbabwe 50 participants were trained at ART Farm while in Swaziland the training took place at Malkerns Research Station and 22 participants were trained.

Objectives of the training
  • In Zimbabwe the objectives of the workshop was to:
    • capacitate and strengthen stakeholders for implementation of the SADC Variety Release System, and
    • broaden the theoretical knowledge and experimental conduct of DUS and VCU tests by public and private seed breeders as well as members of the national variety release committee.
  • In Swaziland the objectives of the workshop was to:
    • capacitate and strengthen stakeholders for implementation of the SADC Variety Release System, and
    • develop a variety release procedure for Swaziland that is aligned to the SADC Protocol on Variety Release.
The training covered the following;
  • SADC variety release system.
  • Theory and practice of how to conduct DUS and VCU tests
  • DUS and VCU characteristics of maize, wheat, sorghum, groundnuts, soyabeans and beans.
  • Development of Variety Release guidelines.
Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) Variety Release Training workshops
Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) Variety Release Training workshops
Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) Variety Release Training workshops Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) Variety Release Training workshops
Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) Variety Release Training workshops Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) Variety Release Training workshops
Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) Variety Release Training workshops Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) Variety Release Training workshops
Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) Variety Release Training workshops

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