Sources in Abuja, the nation’s capital have disclosed that thousands of farmers, researchers and seed processing companies are about to be converged and hosted by the Nigeria Agricultural Seed Council in the continent-wide seed fiesta.
With Nigeria being the largest seed supplier in the West Africa sub-region, the council’s aim for hosting the second edition of the continental seed fiesta is geared at attracting global seed actors to the country in the event which is billed to hold from next week Monday 15th to Tuesday 16th next week.
Director General of the Nigerian Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) Dr. Philip Ojo confirmed that the event will attract the attendance of all the seed stakeholders around the globe, which he revealed while speaking during a road walk designed to raise awareness for the nation’s biggest seed event.
“We are putting together this event in order to look at what we have done and the gaps and take a lot of learning from some of the stakeholders that are coming in order to move Nigerian seed industry forward. We are trying to ensure that the seed industry is very strong; we are putting together this in order to ensure and assure seed security because without seed security there cannot be food security,” he said.
He further stated that Nigeria supplies 75 per cent of the seed in West Africa, and the event will showcase an exhibition with emphasis on bringing out the strength of the Nigerian seed industry.
Adding that it would also strengthen the thread that connects innovation and business, as well as creating a platform for business to business (B2B) discussions along with the exhibition.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who was represented by a director in the ministry, Mr. Quadri OlaLekan emphasized that the ministry was placing importance to the event because there cannot be food security without seed security.