Welcome to the Home of bumper harvest, Seed Co develops and markets certified crop seeds mainly hybrid maize seed, wheat, soya bean, Vegetables, barley, sorghum and ground nut seed.

Most of our hybrid and non-hybrid cereal and oil crop seed varieties are proprietary, having been developed and bred at our research stations through market-oriented research and breeding programmes.

We pride ourselves on having been the first Pan African seed house to breed hybrid maize variety in Africa.

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Seed Co varieties combine high yielding ability and good agronomic traits such as drought and disease tolerance, good “standability”, stability across seasons and regions.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Seed Co’s Head office is 23km away from Lusaka City Centre, on Mumbwa Road. Seed Co services its customers through depots dotted around the country. There are depots in Lusaka (sales@seedco.co.zm), Choma (choma@seedco.co.zm), Chipata (chipata@seedco.co.zm), Mkushi (mkushi@seedco.co.zm), Kasama (mpika@seedco.co.zm), Kitwe (kitwe@seedco.co.zm), and Mpika (mpika@seedco.co.zm). SeedCo has also Sales Agents in Western, North Western and Luapula. Call our Head Office on 0211-846367-70 or visit our website www.seedco.co.zm for more information.

Yes! Seed Co has three yellow maize varieties, namely SC 506 with a potential of 6 metric tonnes (120x 50kg bags) per hectare yield and SC602 and SC608 with potential of 13 metric tonnes (260 x 50 kg bags) and 14 metric tonnes per hectare respectively. Yellow maize varieties produce sweet green mealies and are suitable for livestock feed. If one would like to grow it to full maturity, it takes 130-136 days.

There is no substitute to the right variety, and that’s why Seed Co always emphasizes on maturity series relative to intended area of production because the water resource is a highly dependent factor. Plant at the right time to optimise water use, provide right fertiliser at the right time and keep the crop weed free and healthy. Once the crop is healthy and well fed to help it achieve its required grain filling, you will get potential yields.

%before shuttering (grain dispersal). Shuttering can be a major cause of field loss. All Seed Co soybean varieties yield between 3 and 6 tonnes per hectare.

Get the correct Seed Co variety for your area. Varieties such as SC Safari, SC Samba, SC Semeki and now SC Sepa and SC Squire are stable across environments. Prepare your land to allow for effective seed soil contact at planting. Plant soybean in moist soils when the rain has stabilised, generally between mid-November to mid-December to achieve seed soil contact. Do not late plant soybean because it is day length or light sensitive. Soybean reproductive stage should not be when days are short.

Soybean is a legume and provides excellent crop rotation with maize. One may use fertiliser with some inoculum obtainable with instructions from chemical fertiliser companies. All Seed Co varieties provide some period of not less than three weeks from physiological maturity before shuttering (grain dispersal). Shuttering can be a major cause of field loss. All seed co soybean varieties yield between 3 and 6 tonnes per hectare.

Commercial farmers use herbicides on Seed Co soybean varieties and have succeeded.

From our many registered agro dealers spread throughout the country. These have seed Seller’s Licences issued by Seed Control and Certification Institute.

For one to become an agent of Seed Co, the following are the pre-requisites:

  • A seed seller’s licence (obtained from Seed Control and Certification Institute-SCCI)
  • A trading licence
  • A tax clearance certificate from ZRA
  • Letter of recommendation from the bank stating account details
  • Possession of a well-ventilated storage facility
  • Sign a Seed Co stockists contract

It depends on the target yield and soil fertility status. Clay soils are thirsty while sandy soils are hungry. The basic recommended levels are 200 kg basal D/C plus 200kgs urea per hectare. Note that maize varieties respond positively to increased fertiliser and other crop management factors.

All our current maize varieties produce a single cob, so one kernel will produce one cob.

Insufficient fertiliser will give below potential grain yield.