At the Seed Fair and Farmer’s field day organised by National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, gave a keynote address.
In the address, he stressed that the event was aimed at creating awareness among farmers and showcasing the availability of different arrays of highly improved crop varieties that can enhance the productivity and increase national food production.
He went further to state the achievements of the Green Agenda under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari which is made at improving agricultural productivity. These achievements include; purchase and distribution of agro-chemicals, Provision of drought and flood tolerant crop varieties, encouragement of direct foreign investment in agriculture, etc.
He added that the Government, through the NASC, has, over the years, been engaged in regulating the activities of seed-producing entities aimed at ensuring that enough quantities of improved quality seeds are available for farmers’ use and meet increased exports to West Africa and other regions of the continent.
He reiterated that his administration is committed to safeguarding livelihoods of farmers, promised that adequate provision will be made for seed improvement for the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
The NASC is charged with the overall development and regulation of the national seed industry.