The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) has vowed to punish producers of agricultural seeds who compromise seed quality, even as it is determined to make cassava the prime crop in the country.
To this end, the council has begun collaboration with major implementation partners, like the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which started agro funding in 2016, to develop the cassava and maize seed value chain for Nigeria by addressing factors that contributed to low productivity of agro planting materials.
The Director General of the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr. Philip Ojo, gave the warning in Lokoja, during the three-day training workshop for proposed licensed seed inspectors under the third-party certification.
He noted that the implementing partners of the project are the National Agricultural seed Council, National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Context Global Development (CGD), Fora Science Limited and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
He said the organisation’s main aim is to develop virus-free seeds and seed tracking devices for the efficiency and digitization of seed certification. The DG said based on the success of the first phase of the programme, the donor agency was satisfied with the feedback which prompted the approval for the second phase, launched in June this year. He said the second phase will lay emphasis on the escalating engagement of third-party agents to additional areas in Nigeria. Nigerian Tribune