FG to support agro firm on new seeds technology
By Gabriel Ewepu
ABUJA- THE Federal government yesterday, expressed support for an agro firm, CONTEC Global Agro Limited, CGAL, to introduce new seeds technology to farmers and other seed companies for high productivity.
This assurance was made by the Director General, National Agricultural Seeds Council, NASC, Dr Phillip Ojo, while on a visit to CGAL lab facilities in Maitama, Abuja.
Ojo, who was impressed with the banana tissue multiplication using tissue culture technology being explored by CGAL’s scientists to increase food production and improve food security, promised that the farmers and other stakeholders will be sensitised and introduced to CGAL new innovations on seeds technology during forthcoming seeds demonstration.
While emphasising on the need to have public private synergy, which the council will have with CGAL in the agricultural sector, he (Ojo) said such collaboration will enable farmers and seed companies know exactly how to apply available and various biological solutions instead of applying chemicals on the farm that sometimes are dangerous to human health.
He said: “The demonstration will be nationwide where some of your products will be demonstrated so that where you don't have presence we can create awareness for the inputs to help farmers increase their yields using organic means.
“We can also therefore take some of your products, use them and introduce them where your products are not available to create awareness for farmers to see.”
Earlier in his welcoming remarks, Managing Director, CGAL, Mr Thomas Chackunkal, who conducted the NASC team round the laboratories and other facilities explained that tissue culture and biological solution are latest technological solutions for the multiplication of high yield organic farm products devoid of inorganic inputs and chemicals.
Chackunkal also disclosed that the company has developed 22 inputs and solutions for seed, soil and plant health.