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More Investment In Seed Industry Will Ensure Food Security, Says Hon. Kalu by Mimiberry: 2:08am On Nov 29, 2023
...Urges participants to explore innovative solutions to address the challenges and opportunities in the seed industry.[i][/i]

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, has stated that more investments in seeds industry, will ensure immense productivity and food security in the country.

Kalu, who made the call on Tuesday in Abuja while declaring open the 6th Edition of Seed Connect Africa Conference & Exhibition 2023 held in NAF conference centre, stated that investing in research and innovation, will empower farmers to produce more and contribute to a more food-secure and prosperous Nigeria.

The Deputy Speaker noted the key role the House of Representatives played in facilitating the passage of the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act, saying that the legislation exemplifies the parliament’s commitment in supporting policies that drive agricultural growth and enhance food security.

Kalu mentioned reiterated that the seed industry holds major key to unlocking sustainable solutions and ensuring food security for all.

Whilst commending the National Agricultural Seed Council for their unwavering dedication to the growth and development of Nigeria’s seed industry, Kalu urged all participants online and offline to explore innovative solutions to address the challenges and opportunities in the seed industry.

“I am honoured to be here today to address this esteemed gathering of experts, innovators, and stakeholders in the crucial field of seed production and agriculture. As we gather under the compelling theme of “Global Declaration of Food Emergency – The Role of Seed Industry in Africa,” I am filled with a sense of urgency and determination to amplify the significance of this event and the critical role of the seed industry in addressing the pressing issue of food security in our continent.

“Nigeria, a nation blessed with abundant agricultural potential, has made significant strides in developing its seed industry. Our country boasts four distinct seed systems: farmer-saved, public-private, public-led, and community-based. Each system plays a unique and complementary role in ensuring the availability of high-quality seeds to our farmers.

“The public sector, as the primary driver of variety development, accounts for a remarkable 87% of variety releases in the seed market. This commitment to research and innovation has laid the foundation for a robust seed sector in Nigeria. Simultaneously, the private sector’s growing presence, accounting for 13% of variety releases, has infused market dynamism and competitiveness into the seed industry.

“With over 157 registered seed companies, Nigeria has emerged as a regional leader in seed production and export. In 2019 alone, the country accounted for a staggering 60% of the total seeds marketed in West Africa. This impressive export volume highlights Nigeria’s capacity to contribute to regional food security efforts. The recent enactment of the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) ACT 2021 stands as a landmark achievement in strengthening Nigeria’s seed industry.

“This groundbreaking legislation provides legal protection for plant breeders, fostering innovation and investment in seed development. The PVP Act is poised to revolutionize the seed sector, leading to increased productivity, improved seed quality, and enhanced access for farmers.

“As we confront the global food emergency, the seed industry holds the key to unlocking sustainable solutions and ensuring food security for all. By investing in research, innovation, and capacity building, we can empower our farmers to produce more, sustainably, and contribute to a more food-secure and prosperous Nigeria.” he said.

Re: More Investment In Seed Industry Will Ensure Food Security, Says Hon. Kalu by RepoMan007: 7:16am On Nov 29, 2023
Great if acted upon.
Re: More Investment In Seed Industry Will Ensure Food Security, Says Hon. Kalu by RepoMan007: 4:40pm On Dec 05, 2023
Good threads die a lot. Seedling can affect output too.
Re: More Investment In Seed Industry Will Ensure Food Security, Says Hon. Kalu by mariahAngel(f): 4:52pm On Dec 05, 2023
I support this wholeheartedly.
Agriculture should be the new trend.
I believe all humans are naturally farmers, as long as you eat.

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