Ojo Tasks Stakeholders On Review, Validation Of Draft National Descriptor For Maize, Rice, Soybean


ABUJA- Dr. Philip Olusegun Ojo, Director General of the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) has tasked critical stakeholders in the seed industry to review and validate the draft National Descriptor for select varieties of maize, rice and soybean to guarantee high quality seeds production in the country.

Ojo gave this task in Abuja at the stakeholders review and validation workshop on the draft National Descriptor for select varieties for maize, rice and soybean.

He underscored the importance of the draft National Descriptor, adding that the document to be reviewed would assist in the production and management of seed fields.

He also pointed out that the document will not only serve as a reference material, but also will enhance the production of high quality seeds to meet the food needs of the country.

The Director General of NASC further thanked USAID, AGRA and her other partners under the Partnership for inclusive Agricultural transformation in Africa (PIATA) for supporting and funding the project through a grant to the Council.

He assured that NASC would continue to work assiduously with other partners to realise the objective of the project.

While explaining the importance of the review and validation of draft national descriptors for maize, rice, soybean, he said it would contribute tremendously in the production and management of seed fields.

His words: “Today, the document we have gathered here to review, validate and adopt will help in no small measure in the production and management of seed fields.”

“This document will serve as a reference material in accurately and appropriately reporting and identifying varieties based on established true characteristics.”

“I wish to reiterate that this document will form a body of knowledge for our seeds certification officers in ensuring the production of good quality seeds.”

“It will also help them to appropriately and correctly differentiate one variety from another, facilitate purification or removing and rouging mixtures/off type at different stages of crop growth as well as authenticate the variety prior to harvest, to processing and packaging.”

He assured that the project would be expanded to accommodate more varieties of crops.

The critical stakeholders at the review and validation workshop included seed experts from government agencies, National Agricultural Research Institutes, seed companies, the academia, donor agencies, among others.

Source: Daily Independent

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