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Zimbabwe: Agricultural Authority encourages investment in seed houses

Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA) board chairman Basil Nyabadza yesterday decried lack of investment in seed houses and manufacturing, saying the country had now become a market for seeds from other countries, instead of being a major producer.

Nyabadza had appeared before the Parliamentary Thematic Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, led by Chief Lucas Mtshane, to speak on food security and command agriculture.

“Years ago, we used to be a stronghold of seed varieties, which were born and bred in Zimbabwe, but now, they are all over Africa because we failed to securitise them, and we have become a market for seed instead of a producer,” he said.

Dirk Haim

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