Our Mandate

The NASC is charged with the overall development and regulation of the national seed industry. The function of the Council includes:

  • Analyse and formulate programmes, policies and actions regarding seed development and the seed industry, including research on issues relating to seed testing, registration, release, production, marketing, distribution, certification, quality control, supply and use of seeds in Nigeria, importation and exportation of seeds;
  • Design improved management system and procedure relating to the administration of seed activity;
  • Implement official quality control and certification of seeds, and facilitate enrolment of any approved private body in seed certification programmes;
  • Advise the Federal Government on the organization, management and financing of seed programmes;
  • Approve seed standards;
  • Advise the national research system on the changing pattern of seed demand and farmers’ needs;
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate the achievements of the national seed system and recommend improvements thereto;
  • Encourage the establishment in Nigeria of seed companies for the purpose of carrying out research, production, processing and marketing of seed;
  • Issue licenses and permits under the Seed Act;
  • Approve policies and strategies to protect small seed producers, local varieties and promote quality seed production;
  • Regulate the seed industry in Nigeria;
  • Represent Nigeria and work closely with the West African Committee on Seeds for the development of the seed sector;
  • Establish and manage a seed sector support fund;
  • Perform such other related functions as may be required of the Council subject to the approval of the Board.