The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) says the speedy passage of the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Bill before the House of Representatives will boost rural employment and economic security in the country.
Okelola Folarin, Technical Adviser to Dr Olusegun Ojo, the Director-General of NASC, and the PVP Desk Head in Nigeria, made the disclosure in Abuja.
Folarin said that with the implementation of the PVP Act, numerous benefits would accrue to farmers, consumers as well as the country.
“Across the world, the agricultural sector is the backbone of the economy, which employs a vast majority of the population.
“This population is growing at an alarming rate and there is need to double productivity to meet rising demands for food in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Folarin identified the availability of quality seeds as a veritable tool in achieving the vision of food sufficiency.
He also said that NASC was mandated to ensure the circulation of adequate quality and quantity seeds in Nigeria, across West Africa and other regions.
He added that the implementation of the PVP law would make agricultural growth optimal as well as sustainable.
He further said that with the use of certified protected plant varieties through the introduction of PVP, farmers could harvest more than double of their current yield.
“With the introduction of PVP, an effective system will be established that will promote and encourage the development of new varieties of plants for the benefit of the society,’’ he said.