The National Council of Agricultural Seeds Advisor (NASC), Dr. Philip Ojo, raised concerns about the spread of counterfeit seeds in the country.
Speaking at a rally in Abuja to promote the introduction of improved seeds, Ojo said that if such an action is being tested, it may hinder the federal government’s desire to ensure food sufficiency.
He noted, however, that the campaign for rural farmers had become mandatory for making improved and high-quality seeds. The campaign, which took place on Eagles Square, Abuja, was testified by stakeholders in the seed sector, including seed companies and representatives of the National Safety Management Agency (NBMA), the National Agency for Agricultural Biotechnology Development (NABDA), the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Golos for food security, the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) and others.
Ojo said: “Let's go together and tell the story that only improving seed quality is a way out of food security.”
According to him, the rally was part of activities to celebrate the National Seed Fair and the farmers' field day.
Some of the participants wore posters with inscriptions, such as “Do not plant grains in the form of seeds”, “We are marching against the falsification of seeds and the sale of fake seeds,” and fake seed dealers are economic saboteurs and criminals.
“It is in accordance with his vision that NASC is organizing this march to improve seed introduction, to raise awareness of the wider introduction and use of improved seeds to increase demand and increase production, a sufficient amount of affordable and affordable,” he added. ,
The director of OFAB, Dr. Rosa Gidado, said that using improved seed quality remains the only solution to hunger and increase agricultural productivity. She noted that seeds can provide farmers with generous yields and should be well received.
It is expected that the rally will be held in the six geopolitical zones of the country.