Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Arc Sonny Echono has explained that henceforth Government will not allow perpetrators of adulterated and fake seeds products go unpunished adding that government is worried about the patronisation of this products in different part of the country.
Arc Echono who stated this yesterday in Abuja on the occasion of the 2015 farmer’s field day on hybrid/open pollinated maize and improved seed demonstration trials explain that government cannot allow this to continue so as to safeguard the livelihood of our farmers.
“As part of the measures taken to curb the menace of the unscrupulous seed merchants involved in this unwholesome practice, the seed council which has the statutory responsibility of enforcing the provisions of the seed law as it relates to selling of fake and adulterated seed has embarked on seed surveillance to rid the market of poor quality seeds”
“The council in collaboration with the Nigeria police and the Nigeria security and Civil Defence Corps mounted seed surveillance in some parts of the country especially Kaduna, Zaria, Gusau and Ibadan because of the volume of seed trade in these cities”
The permanent Secretary further explained that during the exercise, large quantity of seeds that were not properly packaged and with no seed label and certification tags, attached or displayed in the open containers were confiscated.
Arc Echono who openly burnt all the confiscated seeds at the event warned that the action was to send warning signals to others in the same act.
Speaking earlier in a welcome address, Director General, National Agricultural Seeds Council of Nigeria Dr. Philip Olusegun Ojoexplain that the council in the discharge of its mandate has made remarkable progress in making high quality improved seeds available to farmers in collaboration with National Agricultural Research Institutes, NARIs, International Agricultural Research Centres, IARCs, Private seed companies and international development partners.
He also said that the council undertakes seed promotional activities annually to demonstrate the superiority of high quality improved seeds over the local ones as a strategy to encourage improved seed diffusion and use by farmers in the rural areas to minimise seed recycling among farmers that reduce crop yield.
“In this year’s event, several improved crop varieties are on display and we encourage our esteemed farmers gathered here today to have a look at the demonstration plots and evaluate the varieties” he said
Other stakeholders who spoke and participate at the farmer’s field day are SEEDAN, AAEUN, Traditional rulers, House of Representatives committee on agriculture and other major stakeholders.

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