NAMIBIA TO REGULATE PRODUCTION, PROCESSING AND TRADE OF SEEDS

WINDHOEK -- Agriculture Water and Forestry Minister Alpheus Naruseb has tabled a Billn the National Assembly aimed at regulating the production, processing, certification, marking and trade of seed in Namibia.

The Seed and Seed Varieties Bill provides for an institutional arrangement for testing and validating the quality of seed which are either domestically produced or imported.

Nuruseb said the Bill is part of the Ministry's longstanding efforts to develop a national seed industry.

"Countries without strong seed legislation will find it extremely difficult to regulate the import of seed and other related planting materials from other countries," he said, adding that enactment and implementation of the Bill would enhance the seed industry and seed varieties development and prevent the entry and sale of unregistered seeds in the country.

The Bill will create the Registrar of Seed and Seed Varieties who will be responsible for registration of seed and seed varieties. In addition, seed producers, processors and dealers will also be registered to ensure that they meet all the prescribed requirements relating to infrastructure, equipment and technical ability. The registration of seed dealers will ensure that only high quality and certified seed is distributed.

Also, a registration of horticulture nursery will be established to ensure nurseries meet all prescribed requirements. The Ministry will have control over imported and exported seeds to make sure it meets prescribed standards.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK