Sep. 9, 2014
Kenya Seed Company (KSC) has been challenged to take advantage of the regional integration and respond to market demands of seed in the larger Great Lakes Region.
Speaking during the KSC annual research field day in Kitale, Agriculture Cabinet secretary Felix Koskei praised the company for establishing subsidiaries in Tanzania and Uganda and a sales outlet in Rwanda.
He said feasibility studies in Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan have shown great potential for investment. “We want to expand market for our products taking advantage of our regional market. We have the ability to supply quality certified seeds to boost the region’s food production,” he said. He said the company produces more than 60 certified seed varieties of maize, wheat, pasture, sorghum, sunflower, legumes, and vegetables suitable for different agro-ecological zones in the region.
Koskei said the total acreage under seed maize production for 2014/15 season is 32,000 acres and is expected to produce at least 35,000 metric tonnes against a national requirement of 30,000 metric tonnes.
He said in order to continue producing enough seed amid changing patterns, the company has invested in its own Pivot irrigation system in the Elgon Downs farm to ensure constant supply of seed.