The recently published statistics from ZimTrade indicate that between January and February 2016 the country exported horticultural products to the EU worth US$2.2million and I have no doubt that the bulk of the seed which resulted in these export products came from Prime SeedCo who are the biggest producers of baby corn, sweet corn and mange tout peas seed in the country. As the consumers and users of the products coming out of this research stations, I have no doubt that the breeders value our presence and the feedback that we give them on some of their work.
As such, this research station is a key to the agricultural sector. It is during occasions like today and the work being done here that some of the great inventions of new crop seeds that meet the challenges that as farmers we face on our farms including droughts and diseases.
A visit to this research station also affords us an opportunity to witness the performance of the hybrid vegetable varieties, how they are grown and also to learn more about their added advantages to the farmer. It’s high time that farmers should take this issue of hybridization seriously so as to meet the export quality of their produce.