Cassava Seed Systems

Growing Cassava – A training manual from production to post-harvest

Cassava is either the first or the second most important staple food in many sub-Saharan African countries. Cassava production and processing practices remain largely habitual in most of the producing countries despite the high potentials for its commercial production and processing, its export potential, and its use in local industries to reduce import expenditure on substitute imported products. Most cassava farmers are either not aware of available modern technologies for growing and processing cassava or lack the ability to use them…

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National Seed Policy

Agriculture is strategies to the Nigerian economy and plays the key roles of supplying food for the population, raw materials for industries, earning of high foreign exchange which is next only to that of crude oil, providing market for the industrial sector and key contributor to wealth creation and poverty alleviation. More than 70% of the population derives their living from agriculture and agro-allied activities, with the sector contributing about 20% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for 5% of total export. It provides 88% of non-oil earnings. Crops contribute 85% of the agricultural GDP, livestock 10%, fisheries 4% and forestry 1%. About 94% of the agricultural output is accounted for by small-scale subsistent farmers cropping less than 2ha…

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NASC Guidelines for Registration of Seed Producers / Companies and Seed Fields in Nigeria

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;

i. 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.
ii. The planting material must be of acceptable variety / genetic purity
iii. Must be of prescribed physiological and health status (i. e. disease and pests free/ tolerance level).
iv. Such planting materials must have undergone the certification process.

Minimum quality control standards for cassava seeds production in Nigeria

The sustainable Cassava Seed system project aims to implement a series of activities that will support the commercialization of cassava planting material and increase the quality, variety and availability of high quality planting material for Nigerian cassava farmers. The project has the principal objective of supporting cassava seed entrepreneurs to become independent commercial cassava stem suppliers and to understand the major success factors as well as the key threats. The existing cassava certification standards in Nigeria have been adopted from ECOWAS. One key activity of SCSS is to support the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) to facilitate a review and discussion on Nigerian cassava seed certification standards and to provide recommendations to NASC…

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Guidelines for registration and release of new crop varieties in Nigeria

The Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to regulatory standard that will keep food safe for human and animals, protect genetic resources base and the entire environment. Consequent of this, Decree No. 33 of 1987 was promulgated to establish the National Crop Varieties and Livestock Breeds Registration and Release Committee (NVRC). The activities of this committee and its sub-technical committees are to be coordinated by the National Center for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB), a parastatal in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. The decree spelt out the responsibilities and functions of the committee, primarily to register and release superior crop varieties, livestock breeds and fish strains farrmers and industries…

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