National Root Crop Council to stick to research


Dr Philip Ojo, Director General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), has advised National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI) to keep to its mandate in conducting research work.

Ojo disclosed this  in Abuja at Stakeholders Validation Workshop on Proposed Foundation Seed Entity.

The workshop was organised by Sahel Consulting, a firm tasked with the mandate of developing business plan for a new foundation seed company for production of large quantities of foundation seeds.

He advised the institute to focus on its mandate in order to avoid problems associated with mass production of foundation seeds.

He also said every stakeholder at the workshop had a responsibility to execute at the development stage of the business model in order to move on to the next phase.

The NASC attended the workshop as overall development and regulator of the national seed industry.

The workshop had in attendance, representatives of donor agencies like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

In attendance were also seed companies jointly represented by Seed Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria.