On January 10-11, the Hub partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Tanzania to convene a Seed Sector Development Workshop in Arusha, Tanzania.
The aim of the meeting was to raise awareness on the developments that Tanzania has had over the last couple of years in the seed sector specifically in regards to seed harmonization including membership to regional and international seed schemes and standards. The workshop was attended by seed producers, traders, farmers, government representatives, research institutes, USAID Tanzania, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Tanzania Seed Traders Association.
During the workshop the Director of Plant Breeders Rights, Dr. Patrick Ngwediagi, announced that the cost of seed label has been dropped from 500 to 200 Tanzanian Shillings. This among the immediate benefits of seed harmonization and will help reduce costs for seed traders and enhance seed trade. The workshop also provided attendees with a detailed overview of recent regulatory developments in Tanzania’s seed sector as well as the status of the country’s membership to international and regional seed organizations.
"This meeting has created more awareness to seed companies on the opportunities available to trade seeds in local, regional and international markets", said Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Director Crop Development, Mr. Twahir Nzallawahe.
"One of USAID's priorities in its Country Development Corporation Strategy for Tanzania is Agriculture. We wish to see all bottlenecks hampering the business, trading and investment climate in the sector addressed. Challenges in the seed sector are amongst the bottlenecks. We therefore support such a workshop which raises awareness of key issues and allows for idea sharing by stakeholders as well as development of relevant action points," said USAID Tanzania Adam Gahhu.