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Seed Tracker a web-app that registers certified seed producers, allows e-certification of seed, and supports value chain development

Most seed traded in informal markets in developing countries has neither quality nor varietal identity of the planting material guaranteed. Contaminated material contributes to the spread of diseases resulting in low yields. IITA scientists developed ‘Seed Tracker’, a web-app that registers certified seed producers, allows e-certification of seed, and supports value chain development. The seed…

SCALING UP THE VALORIZATION OF CASSAVA WASTE AS ANIMAL FEED IN NIGERIA

Cassava is cultivated in 40 African countries, stretching through a wide belt from Madagascar in the Southeast to Senegal and Cape Verde in the Northwest of the continent. Around 70 percent of Africa’s cassava is harvested in Nigeria, the Congo and Tanzania. During the early 1960s, the total annual area of cassava planted in Africa…

IITA, Seed Council inaugurate seed trackers for smart farming in Nigeria

By NAN for Gaurdian.ng The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan in partnership with the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) on Friday inaugurated seed trackers for smart farming in Nigeria. The seed trackers are Cassava Seed Tracker, Yam Seed Tracker, IITA Akilimo, IITA GO seed tracker and IITA herbicide calculator for weed free-fields. The event…

IITA introduces agric digital tools to boost food production

Article Written by By Femi Ibirogba for Gaurdian.ng The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Friday unveiled digital tools that are helping in transforming farming, improving the yield and livelihoods of farmers. The digital tools include the cassava, Goseed and yam seed trackers; Akilimo, IITA Herbicide Calculator, e-commerce site and IITA News App. Dr Nteranya…

Council Deploys Technology to Enhance Seed Quality

Article by Obinna Chima for ThisDayLive.com The Director General, National Agriculture Seeds Council (NASC), Dr. Philip Olusegun Oni, has said the government agency has introduced technology in its operations as part of efforts to enhance the quality of seeds in the country. Oni, said this during an interactive session with journalists in Lagos, recently. According…

Winners Of First Google Impact Challenge Africa Emerge

Article by Channelstv.com Google on Wednesday announced the winners of its first Google Impact Challenge in Nigeria with 12 non-profits and social enterprises each awarded a share of $2million in grant funding. The four winners – The Cece Yara Foundation, HelpMum, Project Enable Africa and Vetsark – will receive $250 000 each, while the eight…

Federal government launches cassava seed tracker, sets to lead world market

Article By Olutosin Ogunsola for Today.ng   The Federal Government has launched Cassava Seed Tracker (CST), to bring together stakeholders and end users of cassava across the world. Besides, the CST, first of its kind in the world will also help to reduce the cumbersome and arduous paper-based certification previously used and set the country…

NASC Develops Seed E-Certification Platform

The National Agricultural Seeds Council, (NASC), has developed e-certification and quality control platform to ascertain quantity and quality of all traded seed online. The Director General of the Council, Dr. Philip Ojo, stated this recently a 2-day Stakeholders Workshop on Addressing Challenges of Early Generation Seed Varieties in line with the Green Alternative Agenda of…

NASC moves to rid Nigeria of adulterated seeds

Towards ensuring availability of certified quality Cassava seeds, the National Seed Council  (NASC)  in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture  (IITA) and Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research ( CGIAR ) programs on Roots, Tubers and Banana, organised an economically sustainable Cassava Seed System Basics workshop on Cassava Seed Certification Training for NASC…