The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) has trained and commissioned 15 licenced seeds Inspectors for Cassava in Kogi State.
The Director-General of NASC, Dr Philip Olusegun Ojo, said the seed inspectors are the captains of cassava seed quality assurances, and that they must continue to discharge their responsibilities diligently and must not be found compromising seed quality.
The training was conducted with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr Ojo assured that once the Council’s world-class Grow-Out-Test site in the headquarters is completed, samples of cassava stems certified by LSIs will be subjected to control testing and results will be compared with LSIs field inspection reports to assess their field inspection activities.
Ojo who was represented by the Director, Seeds Certification and Quality Control, Dr Ishiak Khalid, said the three-day refresher training is a re-assurance of BASIC’s commitment to constant capacity building for LSIs and deep interest in the third-party seed certification appraisal system to ensure the system is at par with international best practices.
“Let me commend the financier of the BASICS project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its vision to develop a sustainable and commercial model for cassava seed systems in Nigeria which will enable our smallholder farmers to have unhindered access to high-quality planting materials to enhance farm-level productivity.
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