Malawi seed sector heading for improved regional integration

Recently the Malawi seed sector stakeholders convened in lilongwe to discuss SADC Harmonised Seed Regulations Dialogue and TASAI Malawi Research Findings.

The primary objective of harmonization of seed regulations is to achieve effciencies  by integrating smaller and isolated national seed markets into one larger SADC market for seed. This, in turn, will enhance entry in the Region of new improved varieties and ease the movement of quality seed from countries with surplus to countries in need of seed. Both national and regional seed suppliers will find SADC a more attractive market. Lower costs and simpler administration will further encourage local, small-scale seed producers and suppliers to expand their activities.

The overall benefits will be increased investments in the seed sector, increased seed production, more varieties available, and increased competition. In the end, farmers will be offered access to a wider portfolio of quality seed products at more affordable prices. For the region, this will contribute to seed and food security, and thus support efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty.

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You can’t grow crops without phosphorus

To grow properly, plants need water, light and air. They also need nutrients from the soil, including nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. All of these are important – but phosphorus especially, because it affects the plant early in its life. The plant needs it to build its root system, which is the basis for taking up other nutrients. Without enough phosphorus, plants are stunted and yield little.

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Market waste can be an important source of compost  

 

Commercializing small scale farming in Malawi

The World Bank has granted Malawi US $95m for an Agriculture Commercialization (AGCOM) project. As such, the country’s agriculture sector is expected to turn into big business in the next six years. According to media reports, the initiative is an attempt to transform the agriculture sector into a high productive commercial division.

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Demeter Seed stocks certified seed of maize, various legumes and a diversity of vegetable seeds to give the farmer the genetic tools he needs to make the small scale commercial farming operation a success.

 

 

Celebrate Chilembwe

Reverend John Chilembwe (1871 – February 3, 1915) was a Baptist pastor and educator, who trained as a minister in the United States, returning to Nyasaland in 1901. He was an early figure in the resistance to colonialism in Nyasaland (Malawi), opposing both the treatment of Africans working in agriculture on European-owned plantations and the colonial government’s failure to promote the social and political advancement of Africans. Soon after the outbreak of the First World War, Chilembwe organised an unsuccessful uprising against colonial rule. Today, Chilembwe is celebrated as a hero of independence, and John Chilembwe Day is observed annually on January 15 in Malawi.

Guidelines to control fall armyworms

The Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI) has released a new system of controlling fall armyworms.

The move comes after seven pesticides, developed by TPRI in 2017, proved to be ineffective against the type of worms, scientifically known as Spodoptera frugiperda.

The pesticides include Belt 480 Sc, Duduba 450 Ec, and Emamectin Benzoate, Mupacron 50Ec, Abamectin 5% and Lambda Cyhalothrin ‘karate’.

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