No fewer than 10 international and local seed companies are expected to attend the Nigerian 2018 seed connect conference and Expo organized by the National Agricultural Seed Council, NASC the Director General, Dr. Philip Ojo has said.
The conference which holds on June 6, 2018 is expected to have array of stakeholders within and outside the country including donors, researchers, policy makers, development partners, academia, farmers, organisations, industrial end users, women, youths and the media.
Ojo, while addressing newsmen in Abuja recently explained that the essence of the conference is targeted at increasing agricultural productivity in the country with the use of quality seeds, which remain the nucleus of food security and availability.
He said: “We are expecting 10 seed companies from other countries to, which include Monsato, Syngenta, Seedco West Africa, East-West International, and many are still enlisting for the converging. This gathering is expected to aid in the development of a holistic, pragmatic and sustainable road map capable of strengthening the Nigerian seed industry and making seeds of the highest quality available to Nigerian farmers and farmers in neighbouring countries since we are leading light in the light West Africa seed sector.
“We are doing this in partnership with the private sector because we cannot do it alone. We are ensuring that a very good environment is provided for them.”
Accordingly, the event is expected to aid in the development of a holistic, pragmatic and sustainable road map capable of strengthening the Nigerian seed industry and making seeds of the highest quality available to Nigerian farmers and farmers in neighboring countries since we are the leading light in the West Africa seed sector
The DG added that “the seed connect Expo, is expected to take stock of all past, present and on-going initiatives, with a focus on their innovations, success, failure and challenges as well as lesson-learnt in their implementation, identify critical gaps left unfilled by past, present and on-going initiatives and knowledge questions which will inform the seed systems research and development agenda for improving efficiency in the coming years”.
He pointed out that the expo will assist in developing a strategic framework for scaling up delivery of high quality seed to farmers and identify critical priority actions to be undertaken by stakeholders to leverage each other’s strength, scope, scale and operation efficiencies of the sector.