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Nigeria supplies over 50% of seeds used in West Africa: NASC

The NASC boss said other countries in West Africa “are coming to learn what makes us big in seed production.”

• November 26, 2021
Mohammad Abubakar
Mohammad Abubakar [Photo Credit: Twitter]

The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) says Nigeria supplies more than 50 per cent of quality seeds that are being used in West Africa.

DG of the Council, Philip Ojo, disclosed this in Abuja on Friday, while speaking on preparation for activities to mark the 2021 annual SEEDCONNECT Africa Conference and Exhibition.

Mr Ojo said the campaign aimed at promoting use of improved quality seeds and other agricultural enhancing technology for productivity gains was led by the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammad Abubakar.

He said that Nigeria had received invitations from other countries in West Africa that were interested in studying its seed production system.

“Other countries in West Africa are coming to learn what makes us big in seed production. We have gotten invitations from Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Gambia.

“Ghana will be coming with its delegation to come and study what we are doing here,” Mr Ojo said.

In his remark, the agriculture minister said “Nigeria is the giant of Africa and it will continue to be, agriculture is the engine room of any economy, if you look around the world you will find out countries that are self-sufficient are the best.

“Planting of quality and improved seed is about the growth, development and our economic prosperity,” Mr Abubakar added.

(NAN)

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