FG to develop plant variety protection law for Nigeria
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.