The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has stated that quality seed is a key input towards enhancing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security, job creation and economic growth in Nigeria. Speaking during the National Seed Retreat organised by the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, the minister noted that a seed is the carrier of the genetic potential of the crop plant that determines the upper limit of yield and the ultimate productivity of fertilizers, agro-chemicals and other inputs including machinery and farming techniques. Nanono informed that the ministry has the responsibility to provide a conducive policy environment of ensuring the sustenance of a virile national seeds system and to enable a credible, dynamic, competitive and relevant industry which provides healthy and high-quality planting materials for Nigerian farmers and for export irrespective of their location. According to him, “this is the reason I have called this important meeting for us all to discuss the grey areas that need to be straightened for seed sector development”. He emphasized that the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) in partnership with all relevant stakeholders is responsible for seed industry development and regulation in the country and has over the years been involved in various activities towards ensuring the development of the nation’s seed sector. He pointed out that the overall set of policy principles of the Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP), would concentrate on providing an enabling environment for stakeholders at the federal and state levels to play their distinctive roles. Nigerian Tribune
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