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Dealers selling fake seeds to farmers, says NASC

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The National Agricultural Seeds Council has said seed dealers are still selling unauthorised and fake seeds to farmers despite the 2019 Seeds Act.

The Acting Director, Seed Inspection Department, National Agricultural Seeds Council, Adeniran Bobby, disclosed this in Osogbo, during the enforcement of seed standards operation.

According to him, officers of the council found out in most of the shops visited that seed dealers were selling seeds without code meant to authenticate their purity.

He said NASC carried out the inspection due to the negative feedback given to it by state officers.

He said, “Our mission in Osogbo here is that, we are on routine check to check some of the seed dealers that are selling seed to farmers. Many of them are fond of selling fake and adulterated seed. Our men on ground did surveillance all the time and monitor these people. So based on the intelligence report given to us by our officers on ground, we are carrying out an inspection.

“What we can see is that, despite the fact that our officers have been sensitising this people about adulterated and fake seed, they are still selling unauthorised seeds. There is a certification officer that will follow the crop from day one you planted it till the end.  There are procedures and protocols that needs to be followed to ensure utmost purity and genuine.”

Bobby urged the seed dealers to be wary of fake seeds in the market to avoid violating the law.

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