The Director General, National Agricultural Seeds Council, NASC, Dr Philip Olusegun Ojo, has warned against criminal breaches of national seed law as culprits would be severely dealt with.
The DG stated this while addressing a press conference in his office in Abuja on Monday, ROYAL NEWS has gathered.
NASC stressed that “We can no longer condone these sharp practices being perpetuated by individuals and companies under various programmes and initiatives which have resulted in the supply of low quality seeds to hardworking farmers across Nigeria.”
He further noted that “These act which is being perpetrated negates the provision of the national agricultural seeds acts 72 of 1992 and the ECOWAS harmonized seed rules and regulations.
” By the provision of section 22, sub-section1 of the seed act under reference, no person other than a person registered and accredited by the NASC under the National Agricultural Seed Act 72 of 1992 shall produce or be engaged in the production, processing and marketing of seeds for commercial purpose in Nigeria.”
According to Ojo, “Section 12 sub-section 1 of the act also stipulates that all plant seed for the purpose of marketing shall be certified in accordance to the seed act and other regulations of the seed council. With the sole authority to print, distribute and affix the certification tag.”
He averred that it is unlawful for anyone or organization to sell, keep or offer for sell any seed unless the seed have passes through the process of certification and found to conform to the standard set for Tue class of seed.
While appreciating the efforts of various agencies engaging in one form or the other of input supply towards making nigeria food secure, it appeals to members of the public and private, states and federals including agencies of the government, NGOs, CBOs etc to adhere strictly to the provision of the act as erring body or organization contravening the rules of the provision of the subsisting laws shall be prosecuted.
“We have directed our enforcement officers nationwide to commence full scale surveillance and enforcement of the provision of the seed act, any organisation or agency who after this press briefing engages in any seed related activity without proper recourse to the seed act would be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law “, said the DG.
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