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HaSSP Field Day
Lilongwe, Malawi
26 June 2012


FANRPAN under the Harmonised Seed Security Project (HaSSP) together with the implementing partners ASSMAG and the FANRPAN Node (CISANET) hosted a field day at Lumbadzi Compound, Lilongwe, Malawi on the 26th of June 2012.

The purpose of the field day was to showcase the seed varieties produced by smallholder seed producers, share experiences and best agronomic and crop husbandry practices and to tour the newly assembled seed processing equipment. This is a community-based seed production, processing and marketing association owned by the smallholder seed producers in Malawi.

The highly successful field day was attended by approximately 250 people from different stakeholders groups. Dr. Jeff Luhanga, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, addressed the participants at the HaSSP field day. He mentioned that the government of Malawi had set aside 1,6 billion Malawi Kwacha (5,8million USD) for the government input subsidy programme to buy seed for small grains and legume crops. The quota for small grains (sorghum) and legume (groundnut, soyabean and cowpeas) seed was 3,000 mt and they promised to buy all the seed produced by the smallholder farmers. The seed production fields for the smallholder farmers in Malawi are expected to produce: Open Pollinated Maize (12 tonnes), sugarbeans (15 tonnes), soyabean (15 tonnes) and groundnut (30 tonnes). In fact the local supply was not sufficient to meet all the demand hence the need for importing seed from neighbouring countries. He challenged the smallholder farmers to produce more so that availability and access to improved seed varieties could be improved.

He went on to caution the farmers not to cheat but to produce quality seed by strictly adhering to the seed certification standards and regulations.

Mr. Nessimu Nyama of ASSMAG thanked the government for signing the SADC seed protocol MoU so that Malawi smallholder farmers could easily enjoy the benefits of the seed harmonization policy by exporting seed to other countries in Africa.

A guided tour of the seed processing facility and warehouse was directed by Ms. Anne Maraya the Processing Facility Manager. A demonstration run for the seed cleaning and sizing machine was done. Dr. Luhanga was highly impressed by the level of knowledge on seed production, processing and marketing displayed by the smallholder farmers.

The filming crew interviewed Dr. Jeff Luhanga (PS2 Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security); Dr. Banda (Director of Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security), Mr. Tamani Nkhono-Mvula (Node Coordinator CISANET), Ms. Anne Maraya (Manager Seed Processing facility and member of Lumbadzi Seed Marketing Action Group (SMAG)); Mr. Mawaya (Seed Producer member of SMAG), Chief Bernard Chiwembe (Seed Producer member of SMAG) and Mr. Nessimu Nyama (Representative for ASSMAG).

Assmag women explaining to the guest of honor about their seed
Assmag women explaining to the guest of honor about their seed
Gwanyasa - dance by primary school children
Gwanyasa - dance by primary school children
Smallholder Seed Growers at Lumbadzi Field Day, Malawi
Smallholder Seed Growers at Lumbadzi Field Day, Malawi

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