Presentation on theme: "INTRODUCTION CTDT has more than 10yrs experience in community based on farm seed systems Current activities cover 10 districts of Zimbabwe (Tsholotsho,"— Presentation transcript:
INTRODUCTION CTDT has more than 10yrs experience in community based on farm seed systems Current activities cover 10 districts of Zimbabwe (Tsholotsho, Chiredzi, UMP, Chegutu, Goromonzi, Seke, Nyanga, Murewa, Mudzi, Mtoko) Both farmer saved seed and improved seed from the formal sector has been distributed through seed bulking/ multiplication programmes
Enable the conservation of different plant genetic resources within the local communities so as to safeguard against genetic erosion. Act as a strategic seed reserve at community level in case of genetic loss due to natural disasters such as droughts, floods, diseases, etc. Create a link between the communities and national gene bank for easy access to genetic materials: farmers can retrieve lost genetic material from the National Reserve Serve as a platform for knowledge exchange and trade of planting materials by farmers within rural communities Seed banks are strategically placed in the management of Changing Climatic Environments
CROPSAccessions in 3 Seed banks Maize95 Sorghum350 Pearl millet270 Cowpeas550 Ground nuts127 Indigenous vegetables190 TOTAL ACCESSIONS1582
Vegetable seeds are distributed during Dry Winter Months to vulnerable households. Among communities, cultivation of leafy vegetables in wetland areas is common soon after the end of rain-fed agriculture. During the winter period (April to July 2009) CTDT distributed 2000 nutritional kits with eight different vegetables (rape, beans, carrots, butternut, tomato, onion, cabbage & squash). NB- there is need to initiate vegetable seed production programmes at community level.
Facilitate the establishment of community based seed production associations (groups). Decentralize seed production requirements by crop type and quantities to Provinces. Promote inter-provincial seed trade centres Enhance engagement of farmers into contract seed production through an agri-business approach.