FG to de­velop plant va­ri­ety pro­tec­tion law for Nige­ria

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Vin­cent A, Yusuf

Stake­hold­ers in the seed sub­sec­tor of the na­tion’s agri­cul­ture yes­ter­day met in Abuja to fine-tune strat­egy for the de­vel­op­ment of Plant Va­ri­ety Pro­tec­tion (PVP) law for the coun­try.

The event, or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Seed Coun­cil (NASC), came after a two-day ex­perts’ re­view of the doc­u­ment sent to Nige­ria by the In­ter­na­tional Union for the Pro­tec­tion of New Plant Va­ri­eties (UPOV ) - an in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion that has been sup­port­ing Nige­ria to meet the tar­get.

Direc­tor-Gen­eral of the Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Seed Coun­cil, Dr Philip Ojo said that the coun­try cur­rently ben­e­fits lit­tle from the in­ter­na­tional seed trade be­cause it yet to em­brace a host of ini­tia­tives.

“One of such ini­tia­tive is hav­ing a na­tional PVP law in place for the pro­tec­tion of Plant Breeder Right (PBR) which is an en­abler and fa­cil­i­ta­tor of greater in­vest­ment in breed­ing and the de­vel­op­ment of new va­ri­eties of plants by the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor,” he said.

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