The National Agricultural Seed Council, (NASC) has announced that the council will soon establish a modern seed market to inspect the production of low quality seeds in the country.
The Director General, NASC, Dr. Ojo, revealed this in Abuja on Monday.
He noted that poor quality seeds sold to the farmers by some intruders, had brought about the low yield in recent times, adding that it was forbidden to sell seeds without certification and clearance from the seed council.
While speaking, he expressed that the seed Act No. 72 of 1992 mandates only the Council to regulate the quality of seed for farmers to have improved yields.
He disclosed that the reason for the law was to regulate the production, marketing, trade and use of seeds in Nigeria.
Dr. Ojo said that the council will work with government personnel and the Nigerian customs to examine the quality of seeds brought in.
He pleaded with entrepreneurs selling seeds without clearance from the Council to register and legalise their enterprise to prevent sanction from the law court.
He expressed that many low quality seeds came in without clearance and certification from the Council and therefore urged farmers to desist from buying their seeds from open market, stressing that defaulters would be sentenced to 2 years in jail or pay 2million fine.
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