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Harmonised Seed Security Project (HaSSP) Field Day - Zaka, Zimbabwe
8 June 2012


FANRPAN under the Harmonised Seed Security Project (HaSSP) together with the implementing partners GRM and the FANRPAN Node (Agriculture Research Council, Zimbabwe) hosted a field day at Fuve Panganai Irrigation Scheme in Zaka, Zimbabwe.

The purpose of the field day was to showcase the smallholder seed production fields, share experiences and best agronomic and crop husbandry practices and to handover the seed processing equipment to the newly formed Zaka Super Seeds Company. This is a community based seed production, processing and marketing company owned by the smallholder seed producers in the Zaka District.

The HaSSP smallholder farmer field day was attended by over 300 stakeholders ranging from: District Chief; senior government officials; private companies - both input suppliers and contract farming companies; NGO representatives; researchers from Crop Breeding Institute (CBI); Seed Services staff; councillors; agro-dealers; school children from the local schools; farmer association representatives; and seed growers from all the Zaka wards.

A guided field tour was conducted, through Mr. Mabasa's sugarbeans seed crop. This generated a lot of excitement and discussion because the pod formation was prolific and giving a strong indication that this new variety called Gloria is a high yielder. He, together his wife provided all the information related to how they had managed the seed production crop from planting, fertilizer application, weeding, irrigating and spraying of crop chemicals to protect the crop from pests such as cutworm and leaf spot diseases like rust. The field day participants were given an opportunity to ask questions related to the production of the seed crop. The other seed crop varieties under production are open pollinated maize, cowpeas, rice, groundnuts and sorghum.

GRM provided a guided tour of the seed processing and storage facility starting with the seed grader, gravity table, seed treater, volumetric bagging machine, groundnut sheller, electronic scales, bag closer (sewing machine) and the heat sealer. The marketing manager for Zaka Super Seeds showcases packaged bags of treated and labelled cowpea seed that was ready for distribution and marketing.

Chief Nhema, District Administrator, Acting Director Field Services (Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development), CEO Zaka Rural District endorsed their full support to this project since it had brought life into the irrigation scheme and hope for increased access and availability of improved seed varieties, knowledge on seed production, processing and marketing from the various experts and partners, food and nutrition security as well as prospects for profitability in his area.

Field Day Attendees at the Gloria Bean Seed Field
Field Day Attendees at the Gloria Bean Seed Field
Mr & Mrs Mabasa showing off their Gloria Bean Seed
Mr & Mrs Mabasa showing off their Gloria Bean Seed
Gravity Table
Gravity Table
Seed Sizer
Seed Sizer
Mr Nyasha Pambirei, Acting Director Field Services
Mr Nyasha Pambirei, Acting Director Field Services
Woman Farmer reciting a poem on dedication to farming
Woman Farmer reciting a poem on dedication to farming
Some of the Field Day Attendees
Some of the Field Day Attendees

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