Background

Quality seed account for about 40% of the crop yields in farmer’s fields and it highly relies on quality and adaptability of the varieties to the different growth environment. Tracking (following the seed production sequence from the breeder’s nursery fields through to certified/quality declared (QDS) seed; and even to sales) and tracing (following a seed sale backward sequence from certified/quality declared (QDS) seed back to Breeders’ seed production lots and fields); are important aspects of quality assurance in the seed value chain. These are inherent in the Uganda’s Seed and Plant Regulations 2016 and are an essential aspect of protecting seed users from counterfeit seeds.

National Seed Strategy (MAAIF 2016) emphasizes the development of an Integrated Seed Sector Management Information System (ISSMIS). This requires development of digital tools and various web portals to make it easily accessible to seed sector stakeholders. Developing digital seed tracking and tracing systems (STTS) is one component of the ISSMIS regulate the quality of production and supply of seed in the market.

STTS involves proper registration of the seed source, seed production of each seed field, seed lots at each seed producers, and seed packs with the use of unique seed field/lot identifiers. Tracking is particularly aimed at identity, preservation and quality assurance; while tracing is aimed at solving problems faced by product non-conformance in customer experience or at any point along the seed production and supply chain. STTS is expected to provide an effective tool for verifying proof of existence, full records, and the ownership or origin of exchanged seed stock or information. Early generation seed (EGS) forms the primary requirement for seed system development and its production and availability is a mandate of NARO. The current ordering system of EGS is not well regulated and is difficult to rely on for proper planning, production and delivering systems of demanded EGS. STTS, Therefore, is aimed at developing a digital system to regulate demand, ordering system, production and dissemination of basic seed to improve the quality and timeliness of accessing basic seed to support production of certified (CS) and quality declared seed (QDS).

Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) in partnership with the Integrated Seed Sector Development plus planned to develop a digital STTS to ensure easy operations of the seed quality assurance processes and real time seed sector information access for stakeholders. I this regard, ISSD Uganda in collaboration with MAAIF is looking for an energetic professional team who have a passion for developing digital applications for the seed sector. We are trying to develop a system which will comprise of web-portals and mobile applications that will register farmers, enter seed stocks, handle stock allocations, generate reports and similar applications. The digital application user interfaces must be simple but eye catching with seamless database syncing options, that be used in a wide range of android and apple devices and highly secure.

Previous experience in developing digital mobile based applications in related fields is an advantage. A similar application was developed in Myanmar. See the link here for more information.

The IT team must be motivated towards timely delivery of the system and preferably based in Uganda.

How to apply

Interested firms or individuals should submit their detailed technical and financial proposal in Uganda Shillings with three reference clients’ email and telephone contacts to hr@issduganda.org not later than Thursday, 5th December 2019.

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