Local seed houses have appealed to policy makers to enact laws that control the circulation of fake seeds on the market, saying such practices affect crop yield.

Speaking after the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development had toured the SEEDCO Research Centre in Harare, SEEDCO Managing Director, Mr Denias Zaranyika said the proliferation of fake seed on the market during farming seasons remains a challenge.

He called on the need to prioritise research to empower farmers with disease resistant and drought tolerant varieties.

Global Head Research and Development, Professor John Derera agreed on the need to promote research, saying breeding programmes are central to food security.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee chairperson, Cde Christopher Chitindi noted with concern challenges facing seed houses and promised to work on them as policy makers.

SEEDCO is supportive to government programmes such as Command Agriculture and the Presidential Input Scheme by availing inputs to ensure food security in the country.