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For bumper harvest, get it right with seeds

Saturday August 27 2016

Farmers learn new ways of growing tomatoes in a green house at Continental Seeds’ stand during a past farmers’ training day at Wambugu Agricultural Training Centre in Nyeri.

Farmers learn new ways of growing tomatoes in a green house at Continental Seeds’ stand during a past farmers’ training day at Wambugu Agricultural Training Centre in Nyeri. Farmers were advised to plant the right seeds and use new farming technologies to maximise their yields. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By BRIAN OKINDA
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If you get it wrong during planting, you will not have it right at harvesting.

Seeds represent the beginning of life of a plant, therefore, quality seeds, mean a bumper harvest.

It is consequently important that you as the farmer get good quality, certified seeds from trusted suppliers if you are to profit from your venture.

Kenya’s seed industry is divided into the formal and informal sectors.

The formal sector focuses on breeding, producing and selling seeds certified by the regulator, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) in accordance with the Seeds and Plant Varieties Act (CAP 326).

The informal seed sector, on the other hand, produces seeds that farmers save and recycle on their farms, mainly from previous harvests. Therefore, they are not certified by Kephis.