Zambia Seed Company Limited (Zamseed) has been servicing the requirements of farmers in the sub-Sahara region since 1980. We focus on products that will enhance the profitability of the small-scale farmer and ensure food security for the household. Forty years of experience combined with focused research and development plus an intimate knowledge of our customers’ requirements has enabled us to develop products specifically designed for this market segment.
Our significant product portfolio ranging from Cereals, Legumes to Vegetable seeds enables us to offer our farmer certified high yielding alternatives to monoculture maize production. Thus, encouraging crop rotation which is vital for sustainable crop production and for food security for future generations.
This extensive product range combined with strict quality control measures in place during production in the field, processing of our certified seed and backed by our in-house laboratory ensures that the client can maximise their yields and lower the risk factors associated with climate change.
To make ZAMSEED the seed company of choice in Zambia and in the region
To produce and sell certified seed of the highest quality
Continuous product improvement
Health and Safety
Preserving the environment
Zamseed was founded in 1974 with the objective of supplying improved certified seed cultivars to the Zambian farming community. The Zambian Government was the major shareholder with 37.5% shares SAREC owning 27.5% shares (This was a Swedish development fund) and SVALOF (a Swedish Co- Operative seed company) owning 25% shares ZCF (the Zambian Co-Operative federation.) and Commercial Farmers bureau each owning 5%. Zambia Seed Company became operational in 1980. In 1986 Zambia Seed Company bought a 1200ha research farm 10km from Lusaka city center.
In 1991 with the change in Government a policy of liberalization was introduced which resulted in the establishment of private regional and multinational seed companies in Zambia. In 2007 Zambia seed Company was wholly privatised.
In November 2018 Silverlands Seed Company Limited acquired the major shareholding. Silverlands Seed Limited is owned by Silverlands II HoldCo Sarl, a Luxembourg Partnership that invests in or finances businesses that have operations in Sub-Saharan Africa in the agricultural or food production sectors. Other shareholders are Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF), Zamseed Employees Share Ownership Plan (ZESOP) and individuals.
Zamseed currently operates in Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia. The process of registering exclusive products in 13 countries in Africa is at an advanced stage as Zamseed endeavours to increase its footprint in Africa and avail its genetics to its core customers the Small-Scale farmer across the continent.