Agency cracks down on fake seed dealers, dangles N3m fine


By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC)  has come hard on seed dealers and farmers who multiply fake  and adulterated seeds across the country, warning that any defaulter would pay N3m after President Mumammadu Buhari might have signed the bill into law.

Director-General of the council, Philips Olusegun, handed the warning during seeds market sensitization road show held in Asaba, Delta State capital, on Wednesday, June 17, 2019.

The exercise was aimed at sensitizing farmers that multiply a lot of fake seeds or seedlings, especially oil palm seedlings, a crime which adversely affects Nigeria oil palm industries.

Olusegun, who was represented by the Director, Seeds Inspectorate Department of the council,  Agbor Adebayo, noted that the bill is currently  on the president’s table as it would become law immediately it is accented to.

“After our President might have signed this bill into law, any seed offender will pay N3 million. We have currently de-listed three seed companies who multiply fake seeds; two that were taken to court in Kano were given option of fine”, he said.

“We have also burnt confiscated seeds like NAFDAC burns fake drugs. If the council had indicted any seed industry for a second time, the defaulter will be charged to court but if it is the first time, seeds will be confiscated and the defaulting company  will be issued warning”

He said that the council is saddled with responsibilities of regulating seeds and seedlings in the country  to ensure the elimination of adulterated seeds.

According to him, the council could  also prosecute and sanction the seed players in the industries just to ensure adequate and quality seeds are produced across the nation.