A study was conducted to understand the economic sustainability of basic seed enterprises to bridge the gap between pre-basic seed producers and decentralized vine multipliers. Four commercial seed multipliers were supported on a 2:3 (multiplier: CIP) cost-share basis. They were trained in entrepreneurial skills, marketing, business planning, and quality seed production. Business plans are now under implementation, and basic and pre-basic seed producers are now well-linked. The basic seed business required an initial investment of US$ 6,241, for a multiplication period of 12 months. US$ 1,314 is for the screenhouse to conserve quality seed. The payback period is one to two years, with an average annual return of 23-52%.
Subjects: 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 11. Bridging the gap between pre-basic seed producers and decentralized multipliers for a sustainable sweetpotato seed system in Tanzania. Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa Project (SASHA). CIP. 3 p