SEED ASSOCIATION KENYA HOLDS FIRST REGIONAL SEED CONGRESS IN KENYA

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The Seed Trade Association of Kenya will hold a two-day  Congress that will provide a forum for the Seed industry players in the region to dialogue and chart the way forward for innovation and technological uptake plus both food security and income generation for growth and poverty eradication.

Titled  “Delivering Agricultural Innovation for Growth”,  the event is scheduled to take place on 13th – 14th November, 2012, at the KICC, Nairobi and will bring together delegates who will have the opportunity to build knowledge and skills through a wide range of visionary keynote sessions, and  be sharing information and technology available in the seed industry and agriculture, including identifying the key limitations hindering the seed industry and technology in empowering the farming community with appropriate technology to improve productivity. More than 150 delegates are expected to participate.

The Seed Trade Association of Kenya (STAK) is an association for seed companies and organizations registered in Kenya, to produce, process and/or distribute seed as well as support agriculture. STAK members control 90% of the formal seed sector in Kenya. STAK strives to promote interests of seed enterprises through use of quality seed. Members only market quality seed and adhere to ethical practices at all times.

Over the years tremendous innovations and technological advances have been made in the agricultural sector, including the development of new plant varieties, seed production, treatment, storage and marketing, crop husbandry, production and post-harvest handling and marketing. However, despite all these advances, the region is still food insecure with regular food shortages and high levels of poverty among the farming communities. The Seed industry has recognized that there is a gap particularly with information on the available seeds, appropriate varieties and agronomic practice to maximize production potential in the various crops.

The Seed Trade Association of Kenya (STAK) has partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture in delivering service and quality seeds to the farming community.

The congress will involve stakeholders in the seed industry, the Ministry of Agriculture and other various institutions, scientists, universities, agrochemical industry, processors, machinery suppliers from Kenya and the region, amongst other. They will also be joined by international development partners, research institutions and the international and regional seed associations.

Alongside the congress, will be a STAK Expo which offers a vast exhibition and showcase area, showcasing the latest technologies in agriculture, seed, agricultural mechanization, service providers and agrochemical products and safety. This will provide for an interactive learning environment where STAK and their partners showcase their latest technology demonstrations.

By Allan Muturi

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