NASC to go digital on seed certification

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The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) has started a transition from the analogue to electronic certification of seeds.

This is according to the Director-General of the Council, Olusegun Ojo, revealed this.

Ojo disclosed this at the second edition of the Seed ConnectAfrica 2019 in Abuja.

He said e-certification will enable easy monitoring of seeds to the source by the council and farmers.

The event, which had the theme, Enhancing the Potential of the Nigerian Seed Industry, is reportedly aimed at building a stronger seed sector in Nigeria and Africa.

The first edition was organised in 2018 as a starting point to raise awareness about certain issues in the seed industry.

Ojo noted that farmers with the help of the seed tracker will be able to discern adulterated seeds from anywhere in the world electronically.

The first seed tracker was developed and piloted for cassava as Cassava Seed Tracker (CST), in collaboration International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). CST is a web App for real-time tracking of seed production.

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Mr Ojo said despite the large volume of the production of seeds, 72,000 tonnes of seven major crops were produced in Nigeria against a demand of 420,000 tonnes.

“What we are producing is not up to the requirement of what is needed by the seed sector, which means the gaps are there and that many seed enterprises need to come on board,” he said.

Mr Ojo said fake seeds have reduced in the market by 81 per cent from 2012 to 2016.

“We have made it possible that we are always on ground, which has made us able to situate our seed molecular on the ground,” he said.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Abdullahi Adamu, said the bill 

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