Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being - Vandana Shiva
Indigenous seeds have been used by farmers since time immemorial to grow food and preserve agricultural diversity. Seed saving and sharing is an ancient practice that has safeguarded farming communities from hunger and malnutrition.
The Seed and Plant varieties Act (2012), prohibits farmers from sharing, exchanging or selling uncertified and unregistered seeds. This legislation, punishes offenders with a prison sentence of up to a maximum of 2 years or a fine of up to KES 1,000,000 or both.The government needs to protect Kenya’s farmers over big corporations.Kenya’s government should amend these punitive seed laws and allow the sale, exchange and sharing of indigenous seeds and an integration of the farmer seed management system into the law.
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