‘Nigeria to surpass 100,000MTs seeds production with PVP law’
With the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act 2021 recently assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, stakeholders in the seed supply chain have said Nigeria is sure of doubling the 100,000 metric tonnes (MTs) of seeds produced in 2020.
Director-General of the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr. Olusegun Ojo, said this at the unveiling of the PVP Act 2021 for the southern region at the weekend.
Ojo Nigeria, having over 300 seed companies, would supply a lot of West African countries to meet their seed needs.
“This would incentivise national and multinational agribusiness investments in the country. We will begin to see on our farmer’s field superior yield, stress-tolerant, disease-resistant, climate-smart and input-efficient varieties which will be introduced by innovative breeders both from the public and the private sector in few years to come,” he said.
In his remark, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Laoye Jaiyeola, said the implementation of PVP Act would better position Nigeria to feed its growing population and equally attract foreign investments into the seed sub-sector, as well as enjoy the gains of intra and inter-border trade opportunities in seed trade and exports.
The gathering was in conjunction with the NASC and the NESG, as strategic partnership with support of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), USAID, BMGF, Rockefeller Foundation and the UKAID.