The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has launched the domestication of harmonised seed regulations.

The initiative seeks to enhance regional entry of improved varieties of seed.

The COMESA grouping, just like other regions, has fallen victim to threats and effects of climate change, prompting the grouping to seek concerted ways to combat the phenomenon.

Comesa Representative, Mr Gizila Takavarasha said it is against this background that the domestication of harmonised seed regulations was launched to enable the movement of seed across borders.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Cde Ringson Chitsiko on behalf of Minister Joseph Made said the domestication has come as a compliment to this season’s bumper harvest achievement.

The implementation of COMESA harmonised seed regulations is expected to improve regional seed security, food security as well as addressing global concerns of hunger, poverty and environmental threats.