The Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE) Project Team of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Pays Courtesy Visit to NASC on April 14, 2021

The Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE) Project Team of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH paid a courtesy visit to NASC on April 14, 2021.

The purpose of the visit was to interact with NASC on the on-going partnership with GIAE-Nigeria, to evaluate the status of the implementation of the project, identify key factors for success, possible challenges and derive recommendations.

TRAINING ON QUALITY SEED PRODUCTION, PROCESSING, PACKAGING AND HANDLING FOR SEED PRODUCERS AND DEALERS HELD ON TUESDAY APRIL 13, 2021 AT ATLAS HOTEL, GWAGWALADA, FCT

The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) as the regulatory body for seeds and seedlings in Nigeria, accredits new seed companies every year. These companies are to ensure the production of high quality seeds under the supervision of NASC.

The agro-dealers who are the middlemen for marketing and distribution of seeds to the end users (farmers) are expected to ensure proper handling of the seeds in their various stores to minimize damages due to loss of viability.

Consequent upon these and in order to be in synergy with the vision of NASC which is to ensure the production and availability of high quality seeds, a one-day training was organized for selected seed companies and agro-dealers on seed production techniques and handlings.

CONSULTANCY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDELINES AND REGULATIONS FOR PLANT VARIETY PROTECTION IN NIGERIA– NASC-PVP-2021-002-SDV

Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) are a form of intellectual property rights by which plant breeders can protect their new varieties in the same way an inventor protects a new invention with a patent. With the grant of a PBR for a new plant variety, the holder of PBR obtains exclusive rights in relation to the propagating material of their variety.

For more information, click here: https://seedcouncil.gov.ng/uploads/2021/02/PVP-Guidelines-and-Regulations-Call-for-Expression.pdf

CONSULTANCY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDELINES AND REGULATIONS FOR PRIVATE SEED INSPECTORS – NASC-PSI-2021-001-SDV

Under the NASC Seed Act, Part VI section 15, sub section 4 2019, which states that “The Council may authorize private certification bodies to undertake quality control and seed certification on behalf of, and under the supervision of the Council” empowers the NASC to appoint a third party certification officer to carry out some of its seed certification and inspection functions. This was necessary due to the growing numbers of operational seed companies across the country and the growing responsibilities on the Council.

For more information, click here: https://seedcouncil.gov.ng/uploads/2021/02/Private-Seed-Inspector-Guidelines-and-Regulation-Call-for-Expression.pdf

CONSULTANCY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF UNIFIED APPLICATION PLATFORM FOR THE PROTECTION OF SEEDS IN NIGERIA (APPSE) – NASC-PVP-2021-001-SDV

This is for the development of an end-to-end Plant Variety Protection Platform which is a suite of features and functionalities that is aimed at allowing its target users gain accessibility to various services that will be offered by the PVP Country office in Nigeria. The Identified features include the PVP Application SystemPVP AcademyPVP E-Learning CentreCrop identifier & Varietal Descriptor System, and PVP Intelligence Tools.

For more information, click here: https://seedcouncil.gov.ng/uploads/2021/02/NASC_PVP_EOI.pdf

First physical meeting and constitution of the national Executive steering committee of the ‘IMAGE’ Project and First interaction with Focal Officers from Partner Institutions, held on January 26 & 27, 2021 at Denis Hotel, Abuja

Context Global Development (CDG) is leading a BMGF supported project aimed at developing a national system that supports “Institutionalizing Improved Crop Variety Adoption Monitoring using Genotyping” (IMAGE). This project will be simultaneously implemented in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Tanzania in collaboration with relevant National Partners, stakeholders and institutions. In Nigeria, the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) will lead the implementation of this effort.

The main objective of this project is to assess the varieties that farmers are cultivating for Four (4) stable crops (Maize, Rice, Cassava and Cowpea) in Nigeria and develop a system to effectively and accurately track farmers adoption of improved varieties and how varieties turn over through time using DNA finger printing. We expect that the IMAGE project will provide insights and evidence for seed sector actors to enhance government agency capacity, improve stakeholders’ coordination, and lead to better investment and resource allocation decisions for varietal development and commercialization in Nigeria.

To this end, the physical launch of this project and the inauguration of the country’s National Executive steering committee as well as a technical working group meeting was held on January 26 & 27, 2021 in Abuja.

STAKEHOLDERS REVIEW AND VALIDATION MEETING ON THE DRAFT NATIONAL VARIETY DESCRIPTOR FOR SELECTED VARIETIES OF RICE, MAIZE AND SOYBEAN, HELD AT DENIS HOTEL, ABUJA ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 17, 2020.

As part of the project “INCREASING PRODUCTION AND DISSEMINATION OF QUALITY EARLY GENERATION SEEDS (EGS) TO IMPROVE INCOME AND FOOD SECURITY OF FARMERS IN NIGERIA” NASC partnered with Premier Seed Nigeria Ltd., Value Seeds Limited, National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi (NCRI), Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Plant Breeders and relevant stakeholders to develop variety descriptors for selected varieties of rice, maize and soybean.

To this end, 17 varieties of Maize, 9 varieties of Rice and 10 varieties of Soybean were planted for characterization and DUS evaluation. Following the completion of the second year DUS data collection and evaluation, a stakeholder review and validation meeting was convened to review and adopt the draft National descriptor as a National working document for Nigeria.