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HaSSP Training on Seed Entrepreneurship
Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia
12 July 2012


FANRPAN under the Harmonised Seed Security Project (HaSSP) together with the implementing partners Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) hosted a training workshop on Seed Entrepreneurship at Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia.

The purpose of the training workshop was to develop a group of self-confident and emerging entrepreneurs (seed growers, processors and marketers) who will sustainably exploit economic opportunities related to seed production, processing and marketing.

Support to business development and emerging seed entrepreneurs paves the way to ensuring food and nutrition security, increased income, availability and access to improved seed varieties and alleviation of poverty.

Forty smallholder seed producers attended the training workshop on Seed Entrepreneurship under the FANRPAN HaSSP project funded by SDC on the 12th of July 2012.

Mr. Benny Tembo the District Agricultural Coordinator for Kapiri Mposhi District delivered the opening remarks. He mentioned that the formation of this Community Seed Production Enterprise complements the government's goal for food security, income generation, improved production and productivity and employment creation. He went on to say that these 40 farmers were very fortunate to be selected out a total of 59,300 registered farmers in the Kapiri Mposhi District and this represents just less than 0.1%.

Dr. Miti, the Head of Variety Release at the Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) of Zambia gave a presentation on the legal aspects of seed entrepreneurship. He noted the legal requirements for registering as a seed entrepreneur as:
  1. The seed variety must be officially released and registered
  2. The seed crop must be registered with SCCI before the 30th of November every year. The registration fee for quality declared seed is Z Kwacha 5,100 (1US$)
  3. The seed crop must be inspected at least three times during active growth
  4. After harvest, a representative sample for purity and germination tests should be taken by a registered seed inspector. Purity and Germination tests cost Z Kwacha 10,000 (2 US$)
  5. The seed entrepreneur should apply for a seed seller's license. The cost is Z Kwacha 15,000 (3 US$) per year.
Dr. Miti also mentioned that very soon, SCCI will be opening a seed laboratory in Kabwe (60km away from Kapiri Mposhi) since an old building has been renovated and equipment has already been procured under a project funded by DFID. This laboratory will service both commercial and smallholder seed producers in the whole district as well as neighbouring farming areas. This will make it easier and cost effective for farmers to test and certify their seed instead of travelling all the way to Lusaka.

The afternoon session was presented by Mr. Anderson Munyinya the Acting Agricultural Extension Methodologist in the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. He presented practical case studies on record keeping, business planning, budgeting, gross margin analysis and marketing. He gave practical examples on how to use these tools in guiding the seed business and determining the levels of profitability.

Agness Ndililwa - Seed Grower from Kapiri Mposhi Association, Zambia
Agness Ndililwa - Seed Grower from Kapiri Mposhi Association, Zambia
Everness Musanje - Seed Grower from Pache Pache Association, Zambia
Everness Musanje - Seed Grower from Pache Pache Association, Zambia
Seedco Zambia Head Office
Seedco Zambia Head Office
Smallholder seed growers at the Seed Entrepreneurship workshop - Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia
Smallholder seed growers at the Seed Entrepreneurship workshop - Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia

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