The Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) is a government department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL). The SCCI is Zambia’s seed certification Authority and is a centre for seed services in the country. This is achieved through the enforcement of the Plant Variety and Seeds Act (CAP 236) of the laws of Zambia. The Act provides for regulation and control through variety testing and release; production and marketing of seed; import and export of seed; seed quality control, and; coordination of the seed industry.
The institute is also Registrar of Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) and enforces the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act (No. 18 of 2007). The PBR is a form of plant variety protection that ensures that the breeder authorises the use of his/her variety. The PBR also enables the plant breeder to collect royalties from users of his/her variety.
View the SCCI Official Website for more information