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Agric Minister harps on quality seed as catalyst for economic revitalization 

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono has said that improved, quality seed play a key role in revitalising the economy. 
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 with the present administration’s drive to revitalize the economy, quality and improved seed would play a major role. 
“Quality improved seeds is essential in this drive to revitalized the economy, therefore it is necessary to make quality inputs available, scale up production of improved high performing crop varieties, improve on extension delivery services”, the Minister said. 
He, therefore, 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 cannot be achieved without a 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 added.
On his part, the Director General of NASC, Dr Philip Ojo said use of improved seed is the most cost effective means of enhancing agricultural productivity. 
“The development and adoption of improved seeds is therefore instrumental to making food available and affordable for all”, he noted.
He said it is the goal of NASC through these demonstrations and Fleld days to ensure that high quality seeds becomes available, accessible and affordable to all and even moreso in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Ojo said the Council is engaging support of State Governments to step up our regulatory activities with the enhancement of our public enlightenment, sensitization and enforcement programmes in seed market in major cities across the Country. 

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