Feed­back: Com­mu­nity seed pro­gram

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE -

I read with in­ter­est your ar­ti­cle on com­mu­nity seed, which I think will do more good to the farm­ers but what sort of mech­a­nism will reg­u­late such scheme? James Gomna, Bokoro, Bauchi state We got the re­sponse be­low from a seed re­searcher, Ako­tunola Ben.

The seed coun­cil is ex­pected to cre­ate and main­tain an ef­fi­cient mar­ket struc­ture that ad­dresses mar­ket­ing of plant­ing ma­te­ri­als such as: tree cash crops (co­coa, oil-palm, cashew, cof­fee etc.) fi­bre crops (cot­ton, jute, etc) ce­re­als and legumes (‘ground­nut’, rice, maize, sorghum, mil­let, wheat etc)

Com­mu­nity Seed Pro­ject/ Pro­ducer should be brought un­der ef­fec­tive co­or­di­na­tion and reg­u­la­tion to pre­vent any­body or group of peo­ple from un­due ex­ploita­tion of ru­ral com­mu­nity through self­asser­tion and rule of jun­gle in the name of com­mu­nity seeds;

In this re­gard, a data­base should be first gen­er­ated through sur­vey; fol­lowed by 2-3 in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions to chart suit­able strate­gies that will en­hance per­for­mance, co­or­di­na­tion and qual­ity as­sur­ance of the ma­te­rial out­put;

Com­mu­nity Seed pro­ducer shall first register with Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Com­mis­sion and be li­censed by Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Seeds Coun­cil;

Li­cense shall be re­newed ev­ery three years (as the pro­gram is to large ex­tent not for profit max­i­miza­tion; also it in­volves sev­eral peo­ple, mak­ing de­ci­sion-tak­ing more dif­fi­cult);

Sixty-six per­cent of the seed pro­duced shall be taken up by the mem­bers and onethird re­main­ing may be sold to non-mem­bers within the com­mu­nity;

Seed Coun­cil shall ap­ply con­ven­tional rank­ing to com­mu­nity seed li­cens­ing based on in­fra­struc­ture, cap­i­tal base and tech­ni­cal per­son­nel re­spec­tively;

No seed pro­duced in one State shall be sold in another ex­cept for fun­gi­bil­ity among groups;

No Com­mu­nity Seed pro­ducer shall be al­lowed to im­port seeds to meet com­mu­nity de­mand;

No Com­mu­nity Seed Pro­ducer shall en­ter into seed sup­ply con­tract that ex­ceeds twenty-five per­cent of to­tal an­nual pro­duc­tion;

Field cer­ti­fi­ca­tion fee and other charges shall be put at twenty-five per­cent of the con­ven­tional rate.

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