The Seed Trade Association of Malawi (Stam), an umbrella body for seed companies, has asked agro-dealers in Malawi to be honest by only selling certified farm-inputs.
Stam general secretary Felix Jumbe said this in Kasungu where he addressed agro-dealers from the district, Ntchisi, Mchinji and Dowa.
Jumbe noted that some agro-dealers are selling uncertified seeds which contribute to the countryâ€™s low crop productivity.
Said he: â€œHonesty is a backbone of any business. You have to be honest by ensuring that you only sell certified farm inputs.â€
Jumbe, who is also Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) president, said the countryâ€™s certified seed adoption rate is still low at 43 percent.
He said Zambia and Zimbabwe have seed adoption rates of 60 and 90 percent, respectively.
â€œWe need to reverse this trend. Our economy is heavily reliant on agriculture and the availability and use of certified seed is crucial,â€ Jumbe said.