The Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono has said that he has no doubt that the Bt Cotton has high yield potential.
Alhaji Nanono made this know at the 2020 Green Field Day organized by the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) at their headquarters, Sheda, Abuja.
The Minister who was represented by the Director Federal Department of Agriculture, Mrs Karim Babangida said however, there is need to have a viable cotton seed system.
He said “you will agree with me that with what we witness today in this Green Field day demonstrations is a testimony to the incredible efforts on the part of NASC and the Seed Entrepreneurs in ensuring the availability and accessibility of multiple options. of high quality improved seeds for our farmers to choose from.
“It is without doubt that one of such technologies is the Bt Cotton with very high yield potentials. Most importantly, cotton is at the heart of Mr President’s priority areas for economic growth through the revitalization of the textile and garment industry in Nigeria”.
He said the outcome of this development will result in the creation of jobs and economic prosperity for the country, which this lofty dream cannot be achieved without viable cotton seed system.
“Our responsibility therefore is to support the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) andEntrepreneurs administration and regulation are effectively implemented. It is our desire to see that the Seed Council implement to the later, the contents of the new Seed Act 2019.
“This is to ensure the seed sector function effectively so that our farmers will have access to good quality seeds and better return on investment”, the Minister said.
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