The African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) is a not-for-profit membership association formed in 2000 to champion interests of private seed companies in Africa. It is registered in Kenya as an International Organization with an office for West Africa in Dakar, Senegal. Currently, the Association has about 100 members comprising of seed companies and National Seed Trade Associations, among others.
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The Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) is the largest Agricultural research entity in the country. It has 10 research stations with Mt. Makulu Central Research Station Being the institutes’ Headquarters. The Institute’s overall objectives are to develop and adapt crop, soil and plant protection technologies and to provide a high quality, appropriate and cost-effective service to farmers. The activities are carried out in all the three agro-ecological regions which are Region I which receive up to 800mm of rainfall; Region II receives between 800-1000mm of rainfall and Region III receives more than 1000 mm of rainfall.
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The Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) is a government department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL). The SCCI is Zambia’s seed certification Authority and is a centre for seed services in the country. This is achieved through the enforcement of the Plant Variety and Seeds Act (CAP 236) of the laws of Zambia. The Act provides for regulation and control through various testing and release; production and marketing of seed; import and export of seed; seed quality control, and; coordination of the seed industry. The institute is also Registrar of Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) and enforces the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act (No. 18 of 2007). The PBR is a form of plant variety protection that ensures that the breeder authorises the use of his/her variety. The PBR also enables the plant breeder to collect royalties from users of his/her variety.
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Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) is a national membership based organization, with countrywide coverage, representing the agriculture industry. Specifically ZNFU represent small and large scale farmers; and agribusinesses. The member are currently categorized into : District Famers’ Association Commodity specialized associations Corporate Farming businesses The Agribusiness chamber and Association members. .
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