Stakeholders want 50% levies on agric products channelled to seed sector
To boost budgetary allocation to the seed sub-sector, stakeholders have urged the federal government to channel 50 per cent of levies collected by the Nigerian Custom Service on imported agricultural product to the development of seed industry. They bemoaned government’s paltry allocation to the seed segment, despite its importance to agricultural development in the country,…
Seeds council unfolds agenda for food security, poverty eradication by 2024
Using the instrumentalities of its new act recently signed by the Federal Government, the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) has disclosed its preparedness to become the largest seed hub in sub-Saharan Africa to ensure the availability of quality planting materials for farmers.
Farmers cultivate 477,642 hectares as nation expects high yields
Indications have emerged that the country may reap bumper harvests of crops and allied farm products in the next harvest season. This follows the cultivation of over 477,642.18 hectares of land across the states of the country by 416,835 farm families with rice, maize, soya bean, cassava, wheat, and cotton.
Stiffer penalties for fake seeds merchants – Ojo
In line with the National Agricultural Seeds Act 2019, the Federal Government has commenced implementation of stiffer penalty for fake seed merchants, with fake seeds producers facing one to two year-jail term or N1to N2m fine.
Buhari reappoints Ojo as Seed Council DG
President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed the appointment of Dr Olusegun Ojo as the Director-General, National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC). The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, made this known in statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday. NAN reports that Ojo was first appointed in May 2015, at…
Expert asks farmers to vote agric-friendly politicians
The small-scale farmers have been advised not to give in to politicians’ empty promises, but to cast their votes based on issues in the forthcoming elections. Teaching some members of farmers’ cooperatives at the weekend in Owerri and Asaba, the Executive Director of CARA Development Foundation, Mrs Nnennaya Emeremadu, admonished the farmers to “do issue-based…
AFAN allays fears on food crisis
Despite the destruction of over 122,653 hectares of farmlands across states by flood, the National President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Kabir Ibrahim has assured that there will be no food crisis.
FG launches cassava seed tracker, sets to lead world market
Director General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr. Olusegun Ojo, who unveiled the application at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Oyo State, said the initiative was to eliminate proxy certification...
Scientists, farmers proffer solutions to food crisis as flood ravages farms
As the world celebrates Food Day tomorrow (October 16), scientists, farmers and entrepreneurs have suggested practical ways of tackling food production challenges, rather than empty lamentations and cosmetic approaches on the part of the government.
How to maximise yield in maize cultivation
Maize production can fetch a farmer or farming household some reasonable income. Youths with little resources thinking of agriculture have a soft landing in maize cultivation...