One of the seed research organisations called International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat), through the Malawi Improved Seed System and Technology project, has started developing capacity to monitor seed production in the country.
Under a project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Icrisat has since started training inspectors from seed companies to fill the shortage of government seed inspectors.
Icrisat has also held refresher training courses for government seed inspectors to enhance their capacity in the monitoring of seed multiplication contracted by seed companies.
Icrisat project manager, Soka Sakaya, said the initiative is aimed at making companies supply quality seed to farmers for improved yield.
“Seed is a key input in the production of crops and if the seed is of low quality it affects the yield.
Through this programme, seed inspectors will be equipped to ensure that the process of seed production is following right guidelines,” said Sakaya.
The improved seed systems project involves various partners and strives to improve access to affordable and certified quality seed by farmers across the country in order to improve yields.
The project has also helped the proliferation of seed producers to complement supplies by big companies – thereby improving access to quality seed by farmers.