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Farmers Urged To Purchase Seeds From Genuine Suppliers


Local farmers and the general public are cautioned to
purchase seeds of any sort for planting from genuine
suppliers as some shops were found to be selling unsolicited
and unauthentic seeds.

The Ministry of Agriculture and
Livestock (MAL) through its Biosecurity Solomon Islands
(BSI) Department issued the statement after MAL Biosecurity
officers confiscated dozens of seeds illegally smuggled into
the country and sold by Chinese businesses/shops in
Honiara.

Director of BSI Francis Tsatsia said it is
important that farmers and the public are reminded to
purchase quality seeds from trusted and approved
dealers/sellers.

“There are some Chinese shops that
are selling seeds that are unauthentic or not genuine as
they are not sourced from BSI approved suppliers. Even some
were found to be selling vegetable seeds with labels on the
seed packets that are different from what is actually inside
the packets,” Mr. Tsatsia said.

He added that a
genuine seed dealer/supplier should have sell seeds that are
properly packed in packets with proper labelling that
specify the expiry date and written in English and not in
foreign languages. It is important to also source seed where
suppliers go through scientific procedures and process in
screening seeds to reduce the risk of pest and disease
contamination.”

“It is obvious that packets of
seeds confiscated by my officers were found to be smuggled
into the country as seed packet labels are not from the
approved sources of Biosecurity Solomon Islands and there is
no specific expiry date on the packets. To make it worst,
all seed packets are written in foreign languages making it
more difficult for indigenous Solomon Islanders to
understand or read which not recommended by the
International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) standard
for selling to the public,” Mr. Tsatsia
explained.

He said though the country yet to have a
machine or laboratory to do seed testing, it is critical
that farmers told to get quality seeds from genuine and
approved suppliers to avoid yield loss.

“Getting
value for what you spend your money on is important. Do not
spend your money on seed products that can only guarantee
50-70 percent yield.

“This would not only help avoid
yield loss but save the farmer and environment as sowing of
unsolicited seeds or seeds that are not sourced from BSI
approved suppliers is risky and may bring resultant impact
on food production, the spread of crop diseases and related
health and environmental problems,” Mr. Tsatsia
stressed.

Below are names of companies and
individuals who have obtained and have existing valid
“import permit” from Biosecurity Solomon Islands (BSI)
to import and sell seeds of any sort for planting in the
country.

  1. ISLAND ENTERPRISE
  2. LUNGA
    FARM
  3. MAS CO-OPERATION
  4. HAPPY
    SEEDS
  5. SPE Analytical
  6. MZ Co Ltd
  7. WEI
    KEE LTD

It is important to note that this permit
is valid for single commercial Importation from the date of
issue to the arrival date of the consignment. If the
companies and individuals want to do another import they
have to reapply for a new “import permit” from
BSI.

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