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Presidential Fertilizer Initiative Programme has commenced. Eleven blending plants are in now in full operation in different locations across the country. The fertilizer will be sold to farmers at a price of N5,500 per 50KG bag only by State Governments, registered distributors and dealers registered with FEPSAN. Intrested distributors/dealers to participate in the scheme can register with any of the blending plants and at FEPSAN office at No 1. NIDB Building, Muhammadu Buhari way, Kaduna. Whistle blower Nos: 08175777724, 08175077773

The bill, which is almost getting ready for assent by the President is currently at the legal department of the National Assembly for final legal fine-tuning before the eventual submission to the President for his assent.
According to the bill, “Anybody caught selling fake or adulterated seeds at the first instance would be fined 1 Million naira or be sent to jail for a year. A repeated offender would pay 2 million or go to jail for 2 years‎.”
‎Audu Ogbe, Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development while speaking on the bill named-‘the National Agricultural Seed Control Bill’ on Tuesday in Abuja said the federal government is much more concerned and is determined to protect farmers interest, many of whom are not so scientifically inclined to distinguish proper seeds and fake ones.
Speaking further on the bill at the ongoing ‘Seed connect Africa ‘ workshop he said: “Many farmers have been complaining to us about low yield in the farm output .We are addressing that concern with a bill in the National Assembly called -and we are hoping to have it passed very quickly.
According to the Minister, “Once it is passed, there would be clear rules of engagement. If you sell fake seeds, we will go after you with the penalties spelt out in the bill. In the interim, we are going to create a programme called Agricultural Inputs Mechanization services-AIMS, which will have distributors in local governments”
“The good seed companies that we know and certify, would use those distributors to address concerns of fake seeds in the country, whether it is rice, Maize, Sorghum, Millet, and Soybean. So, when you are selling your seed, you will know the distributor and tracking of fake merchants is determined headlong”
While emphasizing on the tracking strategy for fake seed merchants of the government, the Minister said that it would ensure that the farmer doesn’t lose money, while also ensuring the professionals and young people who are investing in agriculture and supporting the diversification programme of the government recover their investments.
“We don’t want people to admit regrets having invested in the agricultural sector. It is a bitter experience, and I have had it before. The distributors would be tamed, their addresses and link with seed companies is well spelt out so we know whom to hold at each point” Ogbe noted.
The Minister said, there should also be a form of traceability of seeds through certified seed companies participating in the country.
Clarifying federal Government’s stance on Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs in the country, Ogbeh said,”We are not running away from GMOs, but we are a bit hesitant and exercising caution to forestall concerns of abuses.
‎Ogbeh clarified further stating that, “In order to deal with the problem of climate change and disease turbulence, GMO could come to the rescue. For the Americans, they may not have issues with that but for the Europeans, they are still applying caution and we are also applying caution down here too”
‎Olusegun Phillips Ojo, the director General of the National Agricultural Seed Council, NASC in his earlier remarks said the objective of the workshop is to look at the seed industry in Nigeria and evaluate the way forward.
“We are looking at some of the pitfalls, challenges and the overall concerns in the seed industry and ho we are going to move forward. We are trying to develop a roadmap”
https://www.businessdayonline.com/news/article/fg-seeks-stiffer-penalties-fake-seed-merchants-new-bill/

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  • Apply fertilizer wisely to avoid wastage
  • Attend trainings on fertilizer use and application
  • Obtain quality fertilizers from reputable suppliers especially FEPSAN distributors
  • Store unused fertilizer away from children, fire, rain and entry of foreign material.
  • Form groups/associations to benefit from group/association dynamics.
  • Allow your crops to fully mature to get quality and values
  • Report fertilizer adulteration to the appropriate authority

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