SEED-Co to export over 10,000 tonnes of maize seed
By KENNEDY MUPESENI -
SEED-Co Zambia Limited has earmarked more than 10,000 tonnes of treated maize seed for export with at least 8,000 tonnes to cater for the local market.
Company processing manager Peter Sinkamba said over 5,000 tonnes would be stocked as strategic reserves in case of any eventualities during the forthcoming 2013/2014 farming season.
“The FISP consignment has been completed and ready for dispatch but I must say that the company first gave prominence to the local market,” Mr Sinkamba said.
Among the countries the company would be exporting to were, Kenya which has ordered 1,000 tonnes, 300 tonnes to South Africa, with the another consignment of more than 300 tonnes to Swaziland while, 70 tonnes will be shipped to the Angolan market.
Mr Sinkamba attributed the achievements to the investment the company has made in research aimed at producing certified seeds through the local grower base under the supervision of Seed-co saying that, Government needed to set up a control and certification institute in the country.
Meanwhile, Company managing director Grace Bwanali said SEED- Co has produced more than 4,000 tonnes of Soya-bean seed in readiness for the 2013/2014 farming season.
This is a tremendous achievement compared to last farming season’s production capacity in which the company produced 2,000 tonnes.
Ms Bwanali said this when media houses toured the company’s facilities in Lusaka on Wednesday.
She re-affrimed her company’s preparedness for the upcoming farming season adding that, over 4, 000
Soya bean treated seeds were ready for distribution for both local and export markets.
“Our capacity has continuously expanded over the years making it flexible to deal with changes in demand.
“The demand for soya-beans has increased tremendously over the past three years and we are glad to inform you that we have adequate seed to meet this increased demand,” Ms Bwanali said.