SeedCo backs govt's agric revival projects

HARARE - Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed seed producer, SeedCo, has lauded government’s efforts to revive agricultural projects in the country, pledging to assist small-scale farmers in ramping up production.

SeedCo managing director Denias Zaranyika yesterday told delegates at a field day in Rattray Arnold Research Station, north east of Harare, that the listed firm was moving to increase support measures to local farmers in a bid to increase Zimbabwe’s agricultural output.

“The $100 million dollars released for dam construction and the retooling of District Development Fund tillage fleet will go a long way in equipping communal farmers with draught power.

“The expanded Command Agriculture programme is an evident engine for food safety,” Zaranyika said, adding that smallholder farmers were the driving engine for SeedCo’s business.

“SeedCo is what it is because of you the communal and smallholder farmers. You are the engine of our success.

“You have faithfully used our maize, wheat, soya-bean, sugar beans, and sorghum seed varieties and your stories of success and pride are told across Africa.

“It is these testimonies that unite our farmers and have made us truly
the African Seed Company.

“Your loyal support gives us the fuel to do more in our world-class laboratories, on our research farms dotted across Africa, on the trial fields and ultimately on your farms,” Zaranyika said.

He pointed that foundation of SeedCo’s work was a deep belief and conviction about the dignity of the communal and small-holder farmer, who knows the value of good seed and the scourge of fake seed.

“Zimbabwe’s engine for development is a vibrant farming community that is putting our rich heritage of land, superior genetics and hard-work to profitable use,” the SeedCo boss said.

Zaranyika said productive seed was the starting point for agricultural productivity.

“As SeedCo we lead the way in adopting science, technology, innovation and fit for purpose seed breeding and enthusiastically supporting government input and development programmes.

“We are supporting seed growers with irrigation equipment and working with agricultural colleges.

“Our scope is covering all the key field crops namely maize, soya beans, wheat, sugar beans, small grains like sorghum.

“In our bid to support government’s nutrition programmes, we have now extended our seed breeding expertise into horticultural produce by establishing Prime SeedCo as a joint venture with a world leader in vegetable seed, H M Clause,” he said. — The Financial Gazette

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