CIP conducted a financial feasibility study for a private seed company engaged in early generation seed (EGS) production for root, tuber and banana crops. The study showed that the business is financially viable in the long-run based on the existing business for production and sale of banana, cassava, sweetpotato and potato planting materials. The business required an initial total investment of US$1 million and running costs of US$0.15 million during an eight-month establishment period. The payback period for this level of investment would be between three to seven years, with an average annual return of between 34-70%. Inclusion of sweetpotato in the business increased its financial viability over time
Subjects: Crop protection, Seed systems, Sweetpotatoes, sweetpotato agri-food systems
Publisher: International Potato Center
Publication Date: August 31, 2019
Rights: Open access: CC-BY-4.0
HOW TO CITE
International Potato Center. 2019. SASHA Brief 13. Early generation seed production for roots, tubers and bananas is financially viable for private sector seed companies in East Africa. Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa Project (SASHA). CIP. 2 p.