SEEDCODEX, an electronic verification and authentication system introduced by NASC to enhance efficiency of the seed certification process has recently been implemented. This new will help to meet and exceed the needs of farmers and potential investors in the seed industry.
Selected NASC staff are currently being trained on the administration and control of the SEEDCODEX at the observatory located at NASC Headquarters, Sheda, FCT.
The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) is leading a consortium of 3 partners (NASC, Value Seeds, and Premier Seeds Limited) on a project aimed at ensuring production of quality EGS.
As part of the project, NASC is working with relevant partners, including National Research Institutes (NARIs) with mandates for Maize, Rice, and Soybean to enhance the quality of Early Generation Seeds (EGS) through the development of crop descriptors of Maize, Rice, and Soybean.
Consequently, characterization plots of these crops have been established at the premises of NASC for DUS (Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability) data collection and evaluation.
As a result of this, a planning and review meeting of consortium members, as well as relevant partners and stakeholders was convened to review the progress made, on Thursday August 13, 2020 at NASC Headquarters, Sheda, FCT.
A National Seed Retreat was held on the 27th February, 2020 at the Institute of Agricultural Research, ABU, Zaria. The retreat was convened as a forum for strategic discourse to understand the reflections of stakeholders in the seed industry; to plan, evaluate, as well as address the prospects and challenges of the seed industry in Nigeria.
The retreat was declared open by the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Sabo Nanono, who delivered the key note address. Goodwill messages were presented by The Senate Chairman on Agriculture; The Honourable Chairman, House Committee on Agricultural Production and Services; The House Committee Chairman, House Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institution; Seed Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN) and All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN).
Over 200 participants drawn from the National Assembly, Seed Companies, Regulatory Agencies, National Agricultural Research Institutes, CGIAR organizations, International NGOs, Advocacy Groups, Farmers, Press and Financial Institutions, attended the retreat.
The objectives of the workshop amongst others were to: Understand the reflections of stakeholders on the industry; Examine the challenges facing the seed industry; Chart a way forward for industry growth and; Develop a roadmap for the seed industry development.
The Hon. Minister also paid a visit to some Seed Companies such as Premier Seeds and Value Seeds.
The Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Muhammad Nanono, paid a courtesy visit to the Headquarters of NASC, Sheda on Thursday February 20, 2020.
The Minister was received by the DG NASC, Directors and members of the Seed Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN); afterwhich, he was taken on a tour of the facilities and innovations at the Council.
Dr. Muazu Abdulkadir, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria paid a courtesy visit to NASC Headquarters, Sheda, FCT on Tuesday January 14, 2020 and was accompanied by Mrs. Babangida, Director FDA. He was received by Dr. Phillip Ojo, DG NASC and the management team.
The PS was taken on a tour of the facilities at NASC and to see the innovations springing up at the Council. He commended the Council for the rapid developments and promised that the Ministry will continue to support NASC.
A training on 3rd Party Certification under the BASICS (Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Cassava Seed System) Project was held in Makurdi, Benue State.
Third Party Certification involves the use of trained and licensed private agents to carry out seed field inspection, certification under NASC supervision. The Amended Seed Act 2019 allows NASC to use authorized agents for certification.
The purpose of this is to provide support for the certification manpower and hasten certification process; and the pilot phase is being implemented under the BASICS Project, to ascertain its workability.
The objectives of the training were:
1. To introduce cassava seed system and certification to the Third-Party Agents (TPAs)
2. To equip TPAs with the knowledge they need to carry out cassava certification (cassava seed production & VSE activities, cassava seed protocol, cassava diseases and varieties identification, field certification process, scoring & reporting)
3. To acquaint TPAs with knowledge of Cassava Seed Tracker (CST) and use
4. Planning for the certification activity by the TPAs
The training ended with a field demonstration of the cassava seed field inspection and the use of the Seed Tracker on the field.
The 2019 Seed Fair & Farmers’ Field Day was held at the NASC Headquarters, Sheda, on Thursday October 17, 2019.
The event was chaired by the Hon. Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, Alh. Muhammad Sabo Nanono; where he charged Research Institutes to develop crops that can thrive without excessive use of chemicals so that Nigerian crops would not be rejected in the international market just as beans was rejected in the European Union market.
The DG NASC, Dr. Phillip Olusegun Ojo, in his welcome address said the event is geared toward creating awareness among farmers and the farming communities to showcase the availability of different arrays of highly improved crop varieties that can enhance the productivity and increase national food production.
In attendance were the Board members of NASC, The Hungarian Ambassador, Seed Companies, Secondary school students and other stakeholders.
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