Pearl Seeds Limited is multiplying and increasing the seed variety amounts to commercial levels of Open Pollinated Varieties (OPVs) and Hybrids of cereals and pulses through established network of out growers. These outgrowers are provided with foundation (basic) seed by the Company. In future Pearl Seeds intends to also use Community Based Organisations and Producer Organisations to produce seed alongside the out growers.
The various locations of seed production across the country include; Gulu, Nwoya, Amuru, Lira, Oyam and Apac in Northern Uganda, Soroti, Serere, Amuria and Kumi in Eastern Uganda, Iganga and Kamuli in East Central, Mityana and Mubende in Central and Masindi and Hoima in Mid-Western and Kibaale and Kyenjojo in Western Uganda. These areas of production were purposely selected because they have quite large acreage with the necessary isolation required to avoid contamination. In addition these areas traditionally produce these crops on commercial scale and are used to them, so improving on their production skills is easier.
The out growers are closely monitored by some extension workers recruited by Pearl Seeds Ltd to ensure that right seed production procedures are followed. Pearl Seeds Ltd also seeks technical guidance from the staff of National Seed Certification Service (NSCS) in the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) to inspect and certify the improved seeds. Over time, the company intends to acquire land and expand its seed production activities.