HARARE - Seedco Zimbabwe managing director Denias Zaranyika has been elected as the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) president.
Zaranyika, who was elected at the association’s 2016 annual congress held in Kenya last week, promised to deal with some of the issues affecting Africa such as climate change, food security and improving farmer yields among other things.
He also commits to lead the seeds organisation “with the utmost transparency and boldness to face the myriad of challenges currently facing the continent’s agricultural sector”.
Prior to his elevation, Zaranyika had served on the board of AFSTA for the past seven years — the last two years as vice president. Apart from being a board member, and lately vice president, he was also the chairperson of the communication and advocacy committee where he used his position to influence Zimbabwe’s bid to host the 2015 congress.
AFSTA was formed in 2000 to look into various issues impacting the seed industry in Africa. The association’s membership is drawn from local, regional, continental and international organisations.