National Agricultural Seeds Council, NASC, a regulator in the agriculture sector, and an agency under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, has introduced an innovative platform for electronic quality verification of seeds and planting materials in Nigeria.
In this regard, NASC has selected mPedigree as its strategic innovation partner to deploy mPedigree’s Oversight technology to advance this program and ensure digital surveillance of the national seeds supply system.
Commenting on the development, Director-General, DG, NASC, Dr. Philip Ojo, stated that the Goldkeys technology will enable quality and genuineness verification by farmers and the public through SMS, smartphone apps, and web.
Also speaking, Chukwudi Madu, the Head Corporate Affairs for mPedigree, emphasized that the project will enhance food security in Nigeria as it will ensure farmers get quality seeds and consequently bumper harvest.
He explained that the verification of the seeds won’t cost the farmers anything as the SMS is free.
“The new electronic seed quality system positions Nigeria as one of a very small group of countries worldwide with full regulatory visibility into the entire seed supply of the country.
“Under the introduced scheme farmers shall from June 2019 be able to verify the certification status of seed packets they purchase from agro-dealers.
“The data from these verifications shall complement current enforcement mechanisms and strengthen the new online seed batch approval process that is to accompany the verification system.
Source: Vanguard Newspaper