1.0    Purpose of Certification and Control

1.1      The purpose of certification and control shall enable the ‘National Agricultural Seeds Council ascertain that the cutting to be used for further multiplication by farmers are

  1. Released and registered by the Agency authorized to release and register varieties in Nigeria i.e. National varietal release committee and such varieties are enlisted in the varietal register / catalogue for varieties released for further multiplication and use in Nigeria.
  2. The planting material must be of acceptable variety / genetic purity
  3. Must be of prescribed physiological and health status (i. e. disease and pests free/ tolerance level).
  4. Such planting materials must have undergone the certification process.

1.2      Certification is mandatory for all classes of seeds (i.e. Breeder, foundation and certified seeds) and all stages of production which also include transportation, and storage (if necessary) of all the planting materials (cuttings in accordance with the ECOWAS Harmonized Seed Rules and Regulations).

2.0     Procedure for Registration of Seed Entrepreneur

All persons intending to be seed entrepreneurs must be registered with NASC. The following are the steps and procedures for registration:

2.1     Application to the council:

  • Requesting for seed entrepreneurship accreditation through an official letter with the following attached documents
    • CAC registration certificate (business name registration may be sufficient)
    • Article of association of the company showing the object clause, seed/seedling production, processing, packaging and marketing,

2.2     Review of application form

  • Ensuring applicants registration with CAC and that the object clause seed/seedling production, processing, packaging and marketing’ is contained in the article and memorandum of association of the company.

2.3.     Issuance of seed entrepreneurs registration form

2.4.     Submission of duly completed application form

2.5.     Issuance of letter of notification

  • From NASC to the applicant acknowledging the receipt of the duly completed application form.
  • The letter of notification may also include a clause – consent to commence seed production activities pending facility inspection and approval
    • Subject to the capability of the proposed enterprise/entrepreneur from the review of the duly completed form and preliminary interaction.
    • The said clause will contain instruction that the applicant should liaise with the respective NASC zonal Head and that NASC certification officer should commence field inspections and certification activities on the proposed seed fields

2.6     Site/ facilities inspection to the company: by a team of the core department of NASC

2.7     Review of the site/ facilities inspection report: by the in-house seed entrepreneurship accreditation committee.

2.8     Recommendation for approval: The national seed entrepreneurship accreditation committee reviews the report of the in-house seed entrepreneurship accreditation committee and makes recommendation for approval to the board of NASC/Honorable Minister of Agric.

2.9     Approval/Accreditation: by the board of NASC/ Honorable Minister of Agriculture (The board is the approving authority)

2.10    Issuance of Letter of Accreditation: Issued to the approved seed entrepreneur specifying the category the enterprise belongs to

2.11    The categories include:

  • Largescale seed enterprise – N50,000
  • Medium scale seed enterprise – N30,000
  • Small scale seed enterprise – N20,000
  • Seed dealers (import and export) -N2,000
  • Seed producer seller – N2,000
  • Seed processors – N2,000

Each category attracts a registration fee as stated above and the license is renewable annually with the same fee as applied to each of the categories.

2.12    Issuance of Operating License

Licenses are issued only for entrepreneur that has met the prescribed conditions including the payment of the following payment of registration fees

  • Application form fee – N5,000
  • CAC search fee – N5,000
  • Four statutory documents – N20,000

Note: All fees are subject to review by NASC

3.0.  Authority to carry out quality control:

The seed quality control and certification of all classes of seeds for distribution and marketing shall be carried out by National Agricultural Seeds Councils through its officials in accordance with the National Agricultural Seeds Act No 72 of 1992 (revised).

  1.      NASC must be notified of the intentions to embark on multiplication of any class of seed.
  2.      The seed fields must be registered with NASC with the payment of registration fee to be determined by NASC.
  3.      NASC Officials shall embark on pre-planting inspections for verification of seed source and other measures put in place to ensure quality e.g. land preparation, rouging of ratoon and volunteer crops etc.

3.1. The procedures for seed field certification:

  1.      Application for certification.
  2.      Payment of N1,000 grower registration fee.
  3.      Issuance of registration form for certification.
  4.      Return of duly completed registration form.
  5.      NASC shall verify the source of the planting materials to be used for further multiplication with documentary evidences such as certification tag, invoice or delivery note or any other appropriate documents from the source of the planting materials
  6.      Commencement of inspection visits by certification officer which attracts the following payment per section (N1,000 for up to 5 ha, N2,000 for 6 to 9 ha, N5,000 for 10 ha)
  7.      Issuance of completion of certification certificate.
  8.      NASC shall ensure that all agronomic practices leading to the production of good quality planting materials are strictly adhered to.

Note: Procedure and fees given is based on the current NASC policy and guidelines and subject to review.

Last updated: 31 March 2017