Seed Trade Association of Malawi (Stam) on Wednesday said its two-day annual general meeting (AGM) from October 22 to 23 in Lilongwe will discuss advances in seed technology, among others.
Stam chairperson John Lungu told journalists during a news conference in Lilongwe the AGM, set for Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc), will also tackle distribution of seeds to boost crop productivity.
He said: “Our main challenge is low crop productivity because of low use of improved crop varieties and limited application of scientifically proven technologies because most of our farmers are not aware of these.”
Among other issues, the congress is expected to discuss domestication of harmonised seed regulations expected to improve cross-border trade.
Sponsored by organisations such as Syngenta, Monsanto, Seed-Co and Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), the Stam AGM will be attended by several stakeholders in the agriculture sector. n