Uptake of Quality Seed

A Local Seed Business member interacts with farmers at a Seed Fair in Westtern Uganda

The Uptake Component of the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Plus Project aims at increasing quality seed use by farmers in Uganda.

Quality seed use by farmers in Uganda is low and is mainly caused by:

  • Lack of awareness on availability of quality seed;
  • Real or perceived lack of quality seed available at convenient locations;
  • Lack of cash to purchase seed and;
  • Lack of knowledge on the economic benefits of investing in quality seed.
A Seed Fair happening at Siwa Market in Tororo District, Eastern Uganda and kahooma in Western Uganda

The ISSD project through the Uptake component addresses these constraints through:

  • Increasing awareness on quality seed and its benefits;
  • Increasing access to quality seed in diversified locations; and
  • Increasing effective demand for seed by smallholder farmers.

Interventions to increase awareness on quality seed are conducted through an experiential marketing promotion campaign using road shows, media (electronic and print), sub-county Agricultural Extension Officers and promotional materials on quality seed.

During road shows, farmers are sensitized on quality seed through edutainment, information sharing, competitive game draws to mention but a few. The entertainment involves music and dancing to attract people to the show. The education component involves sensitization through skits, drama, quizzes, testimonies on quality seed use and speeches by Local Seed Business leaders who are often opinion leaders in the community, extension officers and ISSD staff on quality seed.

Local Seed Business members act out a role play on the benefits of Quality Declared Seed at a Seed Fair in Branch Market, Kapchorwa District, Eastern Uganda.

The electronic media campaign is done on selected community-based radio stations countrywide (in accordance to the UAMPS statistics of performance of media – listenership and frequency reach). On the other hand, print media is done through national dailies/newspapers such as Daily Monitor and New Vision to publish information on quality seed use. Sub-county Extension Officers at District level are trained to sensitize farmers in the communities during their regular extension service provision to farmers. The above-mentioned awareness creation activities are expected to change farmers’ perceptions/attitude and behavior towards the use of quality seed.

Farmers purchase Quality Declared Seed from Local Seed Business members at the ISSD Display, during the 2020 Harvest Money Expo

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