Agribusiness: NASC withdraws, Delists 103 Seed Entrepreneurs In 2020
By Nyianshima Terungwa
3 months ago
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The National Agricultural Seeds Council, NASC, Friday, disclosed that 103 seed companies had their operational licenses withdrawn and were delisted due to over activities contrary to quality and standard.
This was made known by the Director-General, NASC, Dr Philip Ojo, in an address at a media briefing held at NASC’s headquarters in Sheda, Kwali Area Council, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on activities carried out by the Council in 2020 and proposed activities projected for 2021.
According to Ojo the delisted companies had issues of recertification and it is also to further strengthen the seed industry and ensure that only serious-minded entrepreneurs with genuine seed industry vision and farmers’ interest have the mandate of the council.
He stressed that all certified seeds packs in Nigeria must carry authentication tags with code affixed on them for farmers to send to a dedicated number to be able to verify instantly, the authenticity of seeds purchased by them and report any unscrupulous seed dealers in the National seed space to the NASC.
He further stated that NASC equally introduced the National Seed Tracker, NST, a Web application for enhanced operational efficiency of seed company registration and real-time tracking of quality assurance processes. The technology, firstly deployed by NASC in partnership with IITA in Nigeria has now been exported to other countries like Tanzania and Congo DR.[NewsNaira]