Delayed harmonisation of policies encouraging seed transfer across Eastern and Southern Africa is hampering trade and increased agricultural growth, experts say.

The goal of harmonising the seed trade came about because different policies in various countries creates a barrier to the transfer of technology that will advance agriculture in the region. Harmonised seed policies would ensure that countries with similar agricultural production systems can trade seed in a mutually beneficial way.

According to Mable Simwanza, director of the seed control and certification institute of Zambia’s ministry of agriculture, the challenge in seed technology transfer is that many countries are at different stages of harmonization, including launching the process at country level and obtaining parliamentary endorsement.

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