Victoria Seeds Ltd
was founded in 2004 for the purpose of delivering quality seeds to small–holder farmers in Uganda with the aim of improving yields and livelihoods.
At the time the founder Josephine Okot believed that the development and dissemination of high yielding
seed varieties was the primary technological force that can drive up crop productivity and
hence the need for a robust seed market in Uganda. Although she could not access start up capital
from a commercial bank because of no credit history, she did not give up. She secured a small bank loan
guarantee from a USAID Project -APEP for working capital . With that limited capital and a workforce of 5 people,
the journey begun. The source of the initial idea was the observation that yields achieved by Ugandan farmers
were much lower than that realized at research levels—at times one third lower. This underperformance is mainly attributed to the limited availability of improved quality seed and the absence of extension services
By 2018, Victoria Seeds Ltd has grown into Uganda’s leading seed house by asset.
The company achieved the distinguished ranking No 1 in Uganda in the 2016 Regional Index for Eastern Africa and ranking No 6 in the 2018
regional index primarily because of the innovative ways of making products available to small holder farmers.
Victoria Seeds owns research Farm in Senge , Kawanda, commissioned a seed factory and Foundation farm in Gulu in 2007,
Constructed and commissioned a second seed factory in Masindi on Jan 20th 2012 and relocated its head office to a
new Factory at the Kampala Industrial and Business Park giving the company an overall processing capacity of 10,000
metric tons of seed per annum. It has diversified its product base to include crop protection product.
The company has established distribution outlets to service agro-dealers in Arua, Gulu, Lira ,
Masindi and Container village in Kampala . Victoria Seeds Ltd plans to grow its market share into the
regional market through vertical integration into value addition .
As a full line seed company, Victoria Seeds Ltd is engaging in research, production, processing and marketing of seed varieties for cereal crops
– maize, sorghum, rice and millet. Legume crops – Bush beans, cow pea and groundnut.
Oil crops – soybean, sunflower and sesame. Pasture legumes and grasses.
Vegetable seed including Abelmoschus, Alliums, Cucurbitacae, Solanaceae, Crucifers and Apiaceae vegetable crops.
The company’s efforts to reverse the decline in agricultural productivity in Uganda and empower rural
women have been widely acknowledged. In 2007 the Founder Josephine Okot was awarded the YARA Prize for
a green revolution in Africa for her pioneering work with the agri-input sector,
the Uganda Investment Authority recognized its contribution to Uganda’s economy and
awarded the company Investor of the Year in the Small & Medium Enterprise category in 2007
and was selected in 2008 to be Uganda’s Torchbearer for the Millennium Development Goal 3 on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
In 2009 she was honoured with the Oslo Business for Peace Award for promoting socially responsible and ethical business practice in
an outstanding way. In 2011 Josephine Okot was the was the African woman of the year for her outstanding work in supporting,
promoting and mentoring women at the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship. In 2013 Victoria Seeds Ltd was voted Best Seed company of
the year 2013 by Uganda Responsible investment Award and in 2014 Josephine Okot was the MTN Business Woman of the Year and obtained
a Presidential medal on International Womens day in recognition of her work in empowering women.