Seed Council champions agric revolution

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The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), says quality seed is key to agricultural revolution and a panacea for food insecurity.

Dr Philip Ojo, the Director-General of NASC said this at a training workshop tagged: “NASC Seed Codex Orientation’’.

The  workshop was held at the NASC, Sheda in Abuja.

Research has shown that more than 50 per cent of total crop yield is determined by the genetic potential of the crop, carried in the seeds with the rest apportioned to proper agronomy,’’ he said.

Ojo said the aim of the training workshop was to orientate its staff on use of the Seed Codex, a digital technology to protect and track genuine seeds.

He said that the exercise was necessary in order to avail the key staff of the council the opportunity to learn more about the Seed Codex technology for effective operations.

According to him, the seed codex is one of the innovations introduced in order to rid the agricultural sector of fake and adulterated seeds being sold to farmers.

Ojo said that the council was collaborating with a technology service provider, MPedigree Ltd., just like what was obtainable in Kenya and Uganda as well as the drug and pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria.

Charles Onwuka, a staff and member of the Seed Codex project said it was being supported by the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

Onwuka listed other supporters to include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK AID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Rockefeller Foundation among others.

The project is being implemented by the project team led by Dr Philip Ojo, the D-G of NASC, the project manager, Mr Okelola Folarin and others.

“Similar orientation would be taken to other staff of the seed council at the regional offices, especially the field workers.’’ he said.