By Abdullahi Yusuf
The Seeds Entrepreneurs and Development Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN) is to embark on a massive campaign on the importance of seeds to the development of Agriculture in Nigeria.
The National President of the Association, Alhaji Yusuf Ado Kibiya, disclosed this newsmen in Kano on Tuesday, adding that the campaign was part of the Mission of the Association.
Kibiya said the group is embarking on the initiative “so that Government leaders at all levels could appreciate the importance of seeds to the development of Agriculture.”
He said the venture was also to make farmers understand the value of new-generation seeds towards their productivity.
He also said that the group would work with International Agencies desirous of helping Nigeria’s seed sector for the benefit of Nigerian farmers.
The President said the association’s Mission also includes working with and supporting Research Institutes and Universities for the development of early-generation seeds for the benefit of the seed industries and Nigerian farmers.
He further said that the association would work to raise the value of seed industries by working with financial institutions “to make financial access affordable and less cumbersome.”
He said the association would establish a suitable office complex with working facilities in Abuja and in the six geo-political zones in the country.
On the Vision of the Association, Kibiya said the group would unite seed companies in the country ” to be a more effective enterprise, inspire them to grow high-quality seeds, thereby boosting farmers’ potential for agricultural productivity in Nigeria and beyond.”