Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State says his administration has distributed tomatoes seeds worth N200 million to farmers as part of its efforts to boost food security in the state.
“Aside from other interventions, Kano state government has so far spent over N200 million to produce tomato seeds, to be distributed to farmers for free,” Ganduje said.
The governor made the remarks during the inauguration of Seed Inspectors by the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh in Kano.
He said that his administration had also given N100 million to rice farmers, as soft loan to procure high-yielding seeds to boost their production.
Gov. Ganduje commended the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) for choosing Kano to inaugurate its members, assuring the commitment of his administration to providing needed assistance to farmers for high productivity.
In his remarks, the minister, Ogbeh said quality seed was paramount to enhancing agricultural productivity.
He added that it contributed more than 50 per cent of increased crop productivity per unit area.
He cautioned that faking and adulterating seed was no longer business as usual, stressing that the government would deal with those who continue to sabotage its efforts toward food security.
The minister also warned that henceforth, the federal government would arrest and prosecute owners of companies that sell fake and sub-standard seeds to farmers.
The Director-General of NASC, Dr Olusegun Ojo, said the inspectors would help in sanitising the industry and carrying out regular sensitisation of stakeholders to reposition the industry.
Ojo said the council had directed its seed law enforcement officers nationwide to commence full-scale surveillance and enforcement of the provisions of the seed act.
By Our correspondent
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