Unscrupulous seed dealers dealt a blow – SCCI

By Staff Reporter

Unscrupulous dealers of counterfeit seed have been undercut with the introduction of security measures by the Seed Control and Certification Institute of Zambia (SCCI).

SCCI head of seed inspection Nathan Phiri confirmed a reduction in the sale of fake seeds in the current planting season, compared to the 2017/2018 farming season.

He told Zambia News & Information Services in an interview that the labelling which was done in the short term, proved difficulty for unscrupulous dealers to come up with counterfeit labels.

Dr. Phiri also cited farmer sensitization on the need to buy seeds from genuine and licensed agro-dealers as among the measures that have proved effective.

“The extent of fake seed in the country greatly reduced in the current season due to the fact that the SCCI changed the type of labelling which was difficult in the short term for the unscrupulous dealers to come up with counterfeit labels,” he said.

“The solution to reduce incidences of farmers buying fake seed, still lies in farmer education, which includes, sensitising them on the need to buy their seeds from genuine and licensed agro-dealers”.

During the 2017/2018 farming season 400 x 10 kgs bags of fake seeds were sold to unsuspecting farmers in Lundazi district, Eastern Province.