The Nigerian Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) , the agency responsible for ensuring that farmers get quality seeds has kicked off a- 3- day sensitization and Training Workshop for Seed Certification Officers and how to use “The National Seed Tracter” ,the training taking place in Ahmadu Bello University ,Zaria , Kaduna State ,North West Nigeria . The purpose of the training is to boost productivity and food security in the country.
The Director General of NASC, Dr. Phillip Ojo, enumerated the importance of the seed tracker , as the seed tracker has the capacity to transform the National Seed system, improve farmers revenue and uplift their social economics status.
He also called on certification officers not to truncate the process, urging seed companies to leverage on the new system and expand their frontiers in local and international seed trade.
“It is my belief that the National Seed tracker program would help the Seed system in many ways as it would digitally connect seed producers, seed traders, and seed quality control officers.
The battle to rid the seed space of unscrupulous seed merchants whose only motive is to short-change our farmers by supplying poor quality planting materials is a priority of the NASC to increase yield among other benefits
No persons can engage in any seed related activity in Nigeria without the accreditation by the NASC as stated in Section 20,” he aded.
On how the App works, Dr. Ojo said it will provide real time information on seed variety, quantity, availability, facilitates trade decisions and timely access to seed markets.
SEED COUNCIL BILL
The Director General announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the National Agricultural seeds Act, the most important authority for NASC to use for its regulatory responsibilities. He expressed hope that with the bill, the seed industry will experience new reforms to continually position NASC as a hub of seed for the region,
One of the trainees Mrs. Romoke Akande, a certification officer from Northwest Zone, added that the transition from the analogue to electronic certification of seeds would enable easy monitoring of seeds to the source by the council and farmers.