By Adelola Amihere
The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) yesterday held a road march to raise awareness on the need for farmers to buy only quality improved seeds that will guarantee higher agricultural yield.
In his welcome address at the road march which is a pre-event activity to the
2018 National seed fair and farmers’ field day celebrations in Sheda Abuja, the Director General of NASC, Dr. Philip Ojo stated that the march was not only to raise awareness on the benefits of using improved seeds instead of grains but also a march against seed adulteration and sale of fake seed.
He said: “Fake seed dealers are economic saboteurs and criminals and punishable upon conviction. Fake seed dealers are warned to stay clear of the seed business space as NASC is ready to apply the full weight of the law on any offender.
“The road march for improved seed adoption is the first of its kind in the history of the Nigerian seed industry. We are hoping that this road march shall be replicated in all the six geopolitical zones of the federal to cascade the awareness creation to the grassroots to reach the rural farmers.”
He maintained that the NASC will continually encourage global best practices in making quality seeds available to farmers to lay the foundation for diversification of the economy through agriculture.