Farmers advised to buy certified seeds

In the wake of the planting season, the Seed Trade Association of Malawi (STAM) has advised farmers across the country to buy seeds from certified agro dealers to boost crop productivity.

STAM Secretary General Nessim Nyama told Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Friday that the association has learnt that there are some unscrupulous traders on the market that are selling fake seeds branded with certified company packs.

“Although the malpractice is declining in some parts of the country due to efforts done by the association and Seed Service Unit through training and sensitization campaigns, there are some areas that fake seeds are still found,” said Nyama.

He said the association’s officers are already in different markets across the country inspecting seeds being sold to farmers.

Nyama warned farmers against buying seeds from vendors or any person who displays seeds on the open market saying such seeds never germinate once planted.

The Secretary General added that the development puts farmers at a loss and consequently the country becomes food insecure.

“As such, farmers are reminded to only buy seeds from agro-dealers that have been registered and issued with seed seller certificates or shops whose seeds have been verified and their seeds are well displayed and neatly stacked,” he advised.

Meanwhile, Farmers Association of Malawi has cautioned farmers to only buy seed that is well packed and labeled to increase their production.

Established in the Research Service Department in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, STAM ensures that quality seed is produced and traded in Malawi.

It also make ensures that farmers buy seed from reputable outlets to enable them meet their farming objectives.

This helps them to harvest bumper and quality yields hence achieving food security at both household and national levels.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA.