SOURCE: African Business Review

African Business Review

April 12, 2012 14:11 ET

The Zambia Seed Company Is a Market Leader Looking Toward a Productive Future in March's African Business Review

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 12, 2012) - In a report in African Business Review, the growth of the Zambia Seed Company into a 100 percent privately owned breeder, importer, exporter and distributor of agricultural and horticultural seed stock is examined.

The company was the first in Zambia to venture into the seed production business. Today it relies on a well-established reputation and separates itself from a growing field of competitors by offering the most diverse products and by continuing to serve the small-scale farmer. The company maintains a 1,400-acre farm for research and production and exports a percentage of its products to neighboring countries.

"Eighty percent of the production in this country is done by small-scale farmers," says Managing Director Ben Zulu. "When seed is ready it is delivered to our warehouses and at that stage it is generally raw. We clean it, grade it for sizes, then treat it with insecticides and preservatives so that it is easy to store, and package it."

The company plans to upgrade its aging equipment, invest in irrigation to reduce the reliance on rain and examine the feasibility of acquiring two farms in other parts of the country. "As we look ahead, we really have to see how we can separate ourselves from the rest of our competitors. It's a really big challenge," says Zulu.

Read the article here: http://www.africanbusinessreview.co.za/

About Zambia Seed Company
Established in collaboration with the Zambian government in 1981, the Zambia Seed Company is a 100 percent privately owned breeder, importer, exporter and distributor of agricultural and horticultural seed stock. The company is located in Lusaka and employs 28 full-time professional staff as well as seasonal employees.

About African Business Review

African Business Review is a leading digital media source of news and content for C-level executives focused on business and industry-specific news throughout Africa. African Business Review is the territory-dedicated arm of the WDM Group. Founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Glen White, WDM Group retains a diversified portfolio of websites, magazines, mobile apps, daily news feeds and weekly e-newsletters that leverage technology to innovatively deliver high-quality content, analytical data, and industry news. For more information, contact 1-760-827-7800 or visit http://www.africanbusinessreview.co.za/.

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