Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) Bill to enable farmers have access to quality seeds.
Some of the stakeholders made the plea at a Strategic Session on Advocacy for President’s assent to the NASC Bill organised by the National Agricultural Seeds Advocacy Group (NASAG), on Tuesday in Abuja.
Mr Celestial Okeke, the National Coordinator of NASAG, said that speedy assent to the bill would boost food production in the country.
“We are here with other stakeholders asking Mr President to quickly sign the seed bill from NASC, so that the council can have more power and authority to regulate seed activities in Nigeria.
“The bill is important because without seed you cannot do agriculture. In Nigeria, the law bill used by NASC to regulate seed activity is outdated and the penalties for defaulters are not stringent.
“So, we have several seed companies provide fake seed and sell to farmers and this has been affecting the productivity for farmers, especially low yield which has impacted our food security in Nigeria,” he explained.
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