A local non-governmental organisation Community Technology Development Organisation (Commutech) has teamed up with the Mudzi community to come up with ways of preserving small grains seed varieties.

In an effort to help communities develop capacities to manage bio-diversity while adapting to climate change and improve household food security, Commutech teamed up with the community in Masahwa area of Mudzi to construct a seed bank which will act as storage for small grain seed varieties in the area.

Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde David Musabayana who officially opened the seed bank commended the public private partnership between the NGO and the community which he said will help in improving food security in the area.

“I would like to thank Commutech for this initiative which i think will help improve food security in Mudzi which is in natural region 4 and is always affected by drought,” he said.

Mr Patrick Kasasa from Commutech paid tribute to members of the community for having embraced the use of the seed bank in preserving small grains seed varieties.

“The Mudzi community did very well in teaming up with our team during the construction of this seedbank. Their cooperation is greatly appreciated,” said Mr Kasasa.

The seed bank will also serve as an emergency seed supply when farmers experience a shortage of seeds due to failure or destruction of crops as a result of floods, droughts, pests and diseases.

The Masawa seed bank becomes the 4th in Mashonaland East with the others in Mashambanhaka and Chibika in UMP and Chimukoko in Mudzi.