The Director General of National Agricultural Seed Council, (NASC), Dr. Philip Olusegun Ojo has harped on the need for security in the nation in order for the country to be able to feed its citizens.
He started this at a training of trainers workshop on Information communication technology, ICT held in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, Nigeria is gearing towards increase food self sufficient as every country need to feed its People, but there cannot be food Security without seed Security.
He therefore tasked participants to take the training seriously because the challenges facing seed Security today are a dearth of proper and adequate data.
This data challenge, according to him, span every Sector of the economy and there is a realization that the use of ICT is a very good way to address the lingering issues of poor data sources, storage and retrieval, hence, his organization is poised to explore this.
Dr. Ojo explained that seed clarification is crucial to ensuring quality assurance is maintained, noting that the council is very concerned about the feed standard and the lab standard.
“we ensure our dear farmers get value for their money by ensuring that
high quality, disease free and biosecure seeds are available to the
smallest farmer no matter the location in Nigeria.
“Apart from making your schedule easier,the electronic certification process will provide a reliable system with enhanced traceability and transparency. So far, many technological innovations to make your work easier. One of them is the Seed Tracker puts in place for seed inspection, company”.