Food Production: AFAN President calls for more funding of NASC

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Calls for AfDB’s support for Nigeria’s seed system
By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja
The President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Arc Kabir Ibrahim, Monday, called for more funding of the National Agricultural Seed Council, NASC, for proper regulation responsibilities towards the production of quality seeds for farmers and investors in order to boost food production, availability, and profitability.

Ibrahim said the seed system remains the engine room of all agricultural production including agribusiness in a nation, therefore its rapid development will bring about marked improvement in the potential of the country in the attainment of food security and general prosperity.

He said: “A veritable seed system sprouting from a fully developed and supported Early Generation Seed, EGS; Foundation Seed, FS; and Certified Seed, CS, production programme will unleash a realizable and markedly sustainable food system in Nigeria if properly implemented.

“The National Agricultural Seed Council, NASC, should be supported and fully funded by the government in order to be able to play this invaluable role. The notion that it does not require funding being peddled around shows a lack of firm grasp of the real issues around the evolution of a veritable seed system.

The Seed Act 2019 which is now fully gazettes as law is geared towards revitalizing the NASC by making it the chief regulator of the seed industry in Nigeria and therefore it is the last place to consult on all seed issues.

“The details of what needs to be done are clearly articulated and only await implementation to make Nigeria’s seed system efficient and sustainable to bring about Food Security and prosperity generally.

“It is very desirable to emphasize that the Anchor Borrower Programme, ABP, of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, must as a matter of urgency work in close partnership with NASC to successfully impact Nigeria’s Agriculture looking at the enormous investment in the programme without much success today.

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