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Benefits of Using Certified Seeds

Adopting certified seed varieties with improved agronomic management practices could significantly transform Africa’s agricultural sector, says a farmer. During a field trip last month (26 January) to assess the impact of certified seeds on crop yield, Margret Njagi, a smallholder farmer in Kenya’s Embu County, told SciDev.Net that using certified seeds could help eradicate poverty and hunger on the continent. Njagi explains that for many years she has depended on recycled seeds and the output was not enough; from one hectare she would harvest three and two bags of maize and beans respectively annually.


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