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Nigeria’s hybrid adoption rate is 7% – expert

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By Okunloye Abiodun

To increase agricultural products, Nigeria needs more high-quality seeds.

Speaking at the SEEDCO Ground Field Day’s finale that was held recently in Kaduna, Mr. Kolawole Ladan, the company’s managing director, said that in order to increase agricultural production and food sufficiency in Nigeria, the country must boost the availability of high-quality seeds and farm practices. According to Ladan, Nigeria had just recently been able to adopt approximately 6-7% of hybrids output in the country, which is a significant drop in the bucket compared to what it was supposed to be.

Mr. Ladan explained that the feedback the company received from most of the farmers had proven that Nigeria’s topography, although challenging, has proved that the nation is capable of becoming self-sufficient provided the appropriate strategy is adopted in food production. He went on to say that his company, in its capacity, has also been able to face the obstacle that was caused by climate change by creating climate change products that had a high yield.

Lack of Food storage and credit facilities impeding food production.

Although the government is doing its best to make agriculture products more marketable, however, he added that the issue of food storage, as well as providing credit facilities to rural farmers, had been a big concern that had been impacting food production in the nation. He added that the unwillingness of banks to provide farmers, particularly those in rural regions, with long-term loans had been a major obstacle to the achievement of sustainable food production. In order for the nation to realize its full agricultural potential, it requires strong talent that can be democratized.

In addition, Mr. Victor, a staff member of the organization, said that SEEDCO is a Nigerian agricultural allied firm that is built on research so that Nigerians may profit from a higher output. According to him, the company’s ability to manufacture high-quality seeds has helped to alleviate the problems faced by farmers in Kaduna and the rest of the country. He, therefore, urged other farmers to join the agricultural revolution now taking place in order to realize their full potential.

Farmers testify to SEEDCO high-quality seed varieties.

A farmer named Mai Ungwan Ado gave a testimonial in which he praised and attested to the quality of the maize variety seed he got from the company. While searching for seeds, he came across SEEDCO. In July, he planted the seeds that he had collected. He obtained four bags and planted them on a plot of land. The crop will be ready in two months. Because people will get free seeds if they plant on one or two plots, he said that he’d keep using SEEDCO. He suggested the company should market themselves in his neighbourhood, since they can provide individuals with advice on how to conduct their farming through the appropriate agronomists.

Furthermore, Shamsudeen Bello, who was also testifying, stated that he discovered this company toward the end of the previous year. Along the way, they have tried a variety of seeds, but they have decided to end their search at SEEDCO because the seed is superior to the others. They are currently tending to close to 70 hectares of land. More so, Hajiya Binta stated that she has sincere thanks for them. When she first started, she would harvest 13 bags, but after she started planting SEEDCO seeds, it increased to 25 bags.

Agriculture is the primary sector of Nigeria’s economy.

Agriculture in Nigeria is a sector of the economy in Nigeria, and as of the year 2020, it employs approximately 35 per cent of the country’s total population. Despite the existence of oil in the country, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that agriculture continues to serve as the primary sector of the Nigerian economy. It is the primary means of subsistence for the vast majority of Nigerians. Crop Production, Livestock Production, Forestry, and Fishing are the four sub-sectors that make up the overall Agricultural sector.


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Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Food production in the country has been negatively impacted by the difficulty in storing food and obtaining loans for farmers in remote areas.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

If the proper approach to food production is taken across the country, then it is possible for the country to become self-sufficient in its food supply.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

Banks’ unwillingness to provide long-term loans to farmers, particularly those in rural areas, had been a key impediment to achieving sustainable food production.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

Our hybrid rate is still low. We need to invest heavily in Agriculture. Let’s do more to generate revenue from these agricultural products. It is only that way we can diversify our economy from only revenue from crude oil.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Our government need sto improve food production in our Nigeria in order to increase agricultural products we need high quality seeds for such,thanks to SEEDCO for helping out farmers with quality seeds for planting.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

We should invest more on agriculture since is our primary sector economy. Investing more on agriculture will increase the food supply and way of storing food also so a proper approach of food production should be meant

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

It is a fact that in order for Nigeria to increase agricultural production and achieve food self-sufficiency, the country needs to increase the amount of high-quality seeds that are available and improve its farming practices.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

It wasn’t until very recently that Nigeria was able to start producing hybrids in the country, which is a drop in the bucket in comparison to what the country should have been producing.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

Based on the responses received from the majority of farmers, the business is certain that Nigeria can become food self-sufficient with the right approach to food production, despite the difficulties presented by the country’s geography.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

The company, to the best of its ability, has also overcome the challenge posed by climate change by developing effective climate change goods.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

Food production in the country has been negatively impacted by issues related to food storage and providing credit facilities to rural farmers, both of which the government should work to address.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

Because they are able to provide individuals with guidance on how they should conduct their farming operations through the proper agronomists, the company should sell themselves in his neighborhood.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

The challenges that farmers in rural areas face in acquiring financing and preserving food have had a negative effect on the overall food production in the country.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Since agriculture is the key driver of our economy, we need to increase our spending there. Putting more money into agriculture will not only improve food production but also the capacity for food storage; hence, a more strategic approach to food production is required.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

The nation to look into agriculture and realize its full potential, It is only that way we can diversify our economy to getting revenue from only crude oil. it’s going to really help.

Last edited 1 year ago by Iyanu12345ogg
theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Although the government is working hard to increase the marketability of agricultural products, the problem of food storage and the availability of finance to rural farmers have been major issues that have affected the country’s ability to produce enough food.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Agriculture is a major economic driver. a wise choice for diversification Therefore, Nigeria must expand the availability of high-quality seeds and farm methods in order to increase agricultural production and food sufficiency there.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Agriculture is one the best sector in Nigeria but we are not getting it right due to bad government. government need to support farmers with loans and other things

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

It is evidence from the write up above that both state and federal government are not investing enough in seed hybridization to produce more varieties of cultivars that thrive in this our changing climatic condition producing enough fruits that can serve the nation.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

How can Nigeria only adopt just 7%in seed hybrid and think they can feed the whole country. For us to be able to achieve abundance in crop production we need to invest massively in seed hybridization for quality seed yield that can thrive in changing climatic condition.