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Seed firms nod to harmonised regulations

Seed firms in Kenya yesterday welcomed the move by the Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa)trading bloc to regulate the trade under a harmonised regulatory regime.

Seed Trade Association of Kenya (STAK) chief executive Duncan Onduu said the harmonised seed regulations open the window of opportunity to trade and access markets beyond the Kenyan borders.

Onduu was speaking during the opening of a two-day meeting to chart the way forward for the Kenyan seed industry in readiness for the entry into force of the new regulation.

The meeting brings together government agencies, seed companies, seed trade lobby groups from the Comesa region. During the two days, participants are expected to review the Comesa Seed Regulations and Seed Harmonisation Implementation Plan.

They will also discuss highlights of the harmonised seed certification regulations, phytosanitary and quarantine measures, as well as variety evaluation and release regulations in order to develop a roadmap.

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