The National Agriculture Seeds Council (NASC), the agency saddled with ensuring that Nigerian farmers get quality seeds has commenced sensitising seed certification officers on operations and uses of the ‘National Seed Tracker’. This, is in order to boost productivity and enhance food security in the country.
The three-day Sensitisation and Training Workshop held in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, North West Nigeria.
The Director General of NASC, Dr. Phillip Ojo, said the seed tracker has the potentials to transform the National Seed system, improve farmers revenue and uplift their social economics status.
He also called on certification officers not to truncate the process, urging seed companies to leverage on the new system and expand their frontiers in local and international seed trade.
“It is my belief that the National Seed tracker program would help the Seed system in many ways as it would digitally connect seed producers, seed traders, and seed quality control officers.
The battle to rid the seed space of unscrupulous seed merchants whose only motive is to short-change our farmers by supplying poor quality planting materials is a priority of the NASC to increase yield among other benefits
No persons can engage in any seed related activity in Nigeria without the accreditation by the NASC as stated in Section 20,” he aded.
On how the App works, Dr. Ojo said it will provide real time information on seed variety, quantity, availability, facilitates trade decisions and timely access to seed markets.
SEED COUNCIL BILL
The Director General announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the National Agricultural seeds Act, the most important authority for NASC to use for its regulatory responsibilities. He expressed hope that with the bill, the seed industry will experience new reforms to continually position NASC as a hub of seed for the region,
One of the trainees Mrs. Romoke Akande, a certification officer from Northwest Zone, said the transition from the analogue to electronic certification of seeds would enable easy monitoring of seeds to the source by the council and farmers.