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Business News of Friday, 19 August 2022


Fed Govt urges farmers on technologies, innovation adoption

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The Federal Government has urged farmers to continue to embrace innovations and technologies rolled out by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC).

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar stated this at the Validation of the Revised National Agriculture Seed Policy.

Abubakar noted that the adoption will foster better utilisation of improved quality seeds in Nigeria and overall increase in productivity and yield per unit area.

He stated that the successful effort of the government towards the attainment of national food security and other goals of agricultural development depends on the performance of the seed industry that sets the limit of yield response of other farm inputs.

He noted that the reviewed seed policy has removed the ambiguous areas in the old policy.

He added that it has strengthened the identified weakness and introduced innovations that optimised the operations of NASC in its regulatory, promotional and protection roles in the seed industry.

“Such policy efforts for the seed industry operate in the same policy space that governs the performance of the entire agricultural economy”, he said.

In his remarks, Director-General of NASC, Dr Philip Olusegun Ojo, said the review process which commenced last year with a series of activities and consultations has resulted into the development of a revised policy called “Agricultural Seeds Policy 2021-2025”.

This, it said, has leveraged the advent of technology and innovations in the seed industry.

He noted that NASC will be committed to the full implementation of the policy after validation.

He said: “The council has introduced some innovations and technologies which include SeedCodex, Third Party Certification, Seed Tracker, NASC Seed Information Management Platform (NASIMP), NASC Electronic Survey Tool (NEST), E-Library, Molecular Diagnostics System.

“The council has also facilitated the enactment of the Plant Variety Protection Act No. 5 of 2021, which established the secretariat for Plant Variety Protection in Nigeria; and also enabled Nigerian membership of the UPOV.”