COMESA seeks to streamline seed sub-sector

By Jeremy Ogolla

The government is keen on streamlining the seed sub-sector both at the county and national government levels in line with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa regulations.

Policy Research and Regulation director Ann Onyango says the national government has consulted with counties on seed regulations and has expressed confidence that Kenya will join other COMESA member states in the implementation of the seed harmonization programme.

Farmers in the country have been struggling with access to quality certified seeds for better yields.

Unfortunately, most farmers have ended up with substandard seeds that do not yield much. Poor seed supply threatens agriculture’s ability to play its part in economic development, food security and poverty alleviation in the country.

In the face of these challenges, members of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, COMESA, are working together to improve seed systems.

Kenya is among the member states whose supply of quality seeds and improved crop varieties is weak.

To mitigate on this, the national government says it will ensure counties participate in the COMESA seed Harmonization Implementation plan, COMSHIP, geared towards achieving increased seed production in the country.

Onyango says liberalization of the seed industry in the country has seen a growth in the seed sector, pointing out that seed laws and regulations will be gazzetted in the cause of the year.

They were speaking during the COMSHIP mutual accountability progress review meeting held here in Nairobi.


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