Network of African seed testing laboratories established

A pan-African network of seed testing laboratories has been established by the African Union and the African Seed Network. The Forum for Africa Seed Testing (FAST) will initially be based in Nairobi and is supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Daniel Dickinson reports.

woman looking at seeds

woman looking at seeds

FAO says that the inadequate supply of quality seeds for both food and cash crops is one of the biggest bottlenecks for food production in Africa.

The Forum for Africa Seed Testing (FAST) will prioritize the implementation of laws dealing with the production of seeds on the continent.

It will promote seed testing and quality control including the drafting of seed testing protocols for major crops for both public and private companies.

FAST is also expected to enhance seed collection and trade among African countries.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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