From: AgroNature Admin
The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) has partnered the Nigerian Media and other relevant stakeholders to create awareness on access to improved quality seeds.
The partnership which include forging a strong and formidable coalition is meant to further develop the seed sub sector and to establish a market-driven seed industry
Speaking at a media dialogue, organized by Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL-DFID), in collaboration with the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), in Abuja, NASC Director General, Dr. Phillip Ojo, identified the imperative role of the media to developing the seed industry and increasing farmers access to quality seeds.
He explained that the media can further increase awareness about seed information, thus need for the training.
According to him, among other constitutional mandate, the NASC “is empowered by the Seeds Act of 1992 with the main objective of ensuring the availability of quality seeds to farmers through effective regulation of players in the entire sector.
“Seed contributes about 60 per cent to the productivity index of any crop, meaning that planting poor quality seeds is a recipe to failure, no matter the quantity of other inputs.”
Ojo applauded PERL-DFID for strategically advocating for small holders farmers’ increased access to improved inputs and quality seeds.
The media representatives restated their commitment to supporting the seed sector.
They recommended actionable strategies that could be implemented to further advocate seed campaign, promoting easy access to the farm input.
Other participants include Action-Aid Nigeria, Seed Companies, academicians, among other civil society groups and stakeholders.