Nigeria’s seed industry, which has been stagnated for many years, may see a turnaround in productivity as the new Plant Variety Protection (PVP) law accelerates investment and gives farmers more access to quality seeds.
The new seed law that now gives breeders intellectual property over a new plant variety with exclusive rights to commercialize seeds and propagate material will incentivize national and multinational investments into the seed sector.
Seeds like soyabeans, millet, beans, cashew, rice, maize, groundnuts, and other seedlings planted in Nigeria are inserted into the new seed law.
Through the Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA), together with AGRA, the Rockefeller Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID, the NESG has been collaborating with the Nigeria Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) to support the enactment of legislation that would provide a plant variety protection system in Nigeria.
Lack of a seed law in Africa’s most populous nation before now has limited the country from harnessing opportunities embedded in its seed sector, thus leaving farmers with low-quality and adulterated seeds and seedlings that portend danger to crop production and food security. Business Day