Local Seed Businesses
Developing Local Seed Businesses
The ISSD Uganda programme is working with 30 local seed businesses (LSBs) to produce quality seed of locally adapted crops and varieties for local markets. The purpose is to develop them into commercially sustainable local businesses. At the end of the programme these LSBs are well organized and technically equipped for quality seed production. They have improved their access to research (for varieties and technologies), extension (for advisory services), markets (to sell their produce), quality assurance (to guarantee seed quality) and finance and credit (to support their local business operations). They are commercially oriented with a marketing plan, financial system, saving, cash flow projections and demand projections. LSB model will be out scaled to reach additional 100 LSBs in year 3 and 4 of the project. LSBs are located in three geographical areas where ISSD is currently working in West Nile, Northern and South Western.