The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), on Wednesday in Abuja said it was satisfied with the dividends of their partnership with the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) over yam improvement project.
Dr Nobert Morayo, the IITA Project Leader, Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA-II,) said he was very happy with the achievements NASC had recorded.
Morayo disclosed he came to the NASC in Sheda, Abuja, on a monitoring tour to ascertain the extent of work done as per the agreement signed with IITAA in the frame work of the YIIFSWA-II project.
“We have been to some private partners and now we are here to see what the council has done up to this point of the year; activities and achievements of YIIFSAWA-II project life cycle.
“I am happy with the way things are at NASC and I want them to be part of this monitoring tour so that they can see what other partners are doing,’’ Morayo said.
Ebiarede Zidafamor, the Director, Seed Coordination and Management Services at NASC,said the YIIFSAWA-II project management team was at the council to monitor the progress of the project.
“It is a project that IITA engaged the seed council in the sub-agreement to implement some aspects.
“This aspects include scaling out seed production technologies and quality assurance system of the yam planting material production,’’ Zidafamor said.
According to the director, these are some of the activities they are engaged in, among others, to ensure that quality seed yams are made available to yam farmers.
Zidafamor also said that the impression the monitoring team had was “very good.’’
“They said we are doing well so far with the implementation of the planned activities; equally encouraging us to do more, considering the fact the year is coming to an end,’’ he said.