From: Azeez Ibrahim, Abuja
As part of efforts to achieve food security, the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) in partnership with the Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), on Wednesday organized a rally to promote the adoption of high quality and improved seeds.
The MarchForImprovedSeedAdoption rally which commenced at the Eagles Square, Abuja at about 10 am had in attendance stakeholders in the seed sector including seed companies and representatives from the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), National Biotechnology Agricultural Development Agency (NABDA), Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Voices for Food Security to mention a few.
In his opening remarks, NASC Director General, Dr. Philip Ojo, identified significance of better quality seeds to boosting food production.
He noted that only good and quality seeds would help the nation realize its dream of feeding itself and doing exports.
“Let’s walk together and tell the story that only quality improved seed is the way out of food security.”
According to him, the rally was part of activities to celebrate the 2018 National Seed Fair and Farmers’ Field Day.
Some of the participants carried placards with inscriptions such as, “don’t plant grains as seeds,” “We are marching against seed adulteration and sale of fake seeds”, Fake seed dealers are economic saboteurs and criminals,” among others.
“It is in pursuant to its vision that the NASC is organizing this March for improved seed adoption to create awareness for enhanced adoption and use of improved seed to increase demand and drive production of adequate quantities of improved that are accessible and affordable,” he added.
The Team lead for Voices for Food Security, Prof. Ayoola urged the entire seed industry to further promote the adoption of better improved seeds at various level of government.
OFAB Country Director, Dr. Rose Gidado said the use of improved quality seeds remain the only solution to addressing hunger and increasing agricultural productivity. She noted that the seeds are capable of providing farmers with bountiful harvests thus should be well adopted.