Two Chinese seed companies are among a number of global seed companies that are exhibiting at this year’s pan-African seed congress Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa.
Pang Seed and Winall-Tech Seed companies are among 39 local and international firms that are exhibiting at the congress.
Pang Ruilin, chief executive officer of Pang Seed, said the company is showcasing quality vegetable seeds.
The company’s varieties are already being sold in Algeria, Egypt and Angola, where it has offices, he said.
Pang said his cucumber, tomato, water melon and curly flower seeds are very popular on the African market and that his firm plans to open offices in other African countries.
Winall-Tech Seed Company Commercial Manager for Africa Bu Juesheng said his company has concentrated in selling vegetable seeds because they do not require heavy machinery.
“We breed and sell seeds that are suitable for smallholder farmers to help improve their income and food security,” he said.
Bu said his company, which also sells rice and maize seed varieties in Angola and Mali respectively, plans to open another branch in Sierra Leon and additional others in eastern and southern Africa in 2020.
Riadh Gabsi, president of African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA), said the Mombasa congress is an opportunity for Chinese companies to explore the market and share their varieties with African farmers.
He said a number of Chinese seed companies have also registered as members of AFSTA, making the association one of the strongest globally. Enditem