The acting Director-General of the council, Dr Philip Ojo, who gave the warning in Abuja at an interactive forum with registered seed companies, said that he issued the warning based on complaints by farmers.
“So many cases of untreated or poorly treated seeds, unprocessed and ungraded seeds, tags that are either not stamped or signed, under-weighed seed packages.
“Then at times, materials do not tally with the quantity of seeds produced; some packages contain mixtures of seeds and weeds.
“Resulting from all these, NASC management got findings from our committee and companies concerned where categorised into three based on the severity of the infractions.”
Ojo explained that committees on seed deployment and seed adulteration had been set up to tackle complaints and ensure that seed companies abide by the laid down rules of the council.
While cautioning defaulting companies, Ojo said that some companies after investigations had been declared free of infractions and encouraged to employ best methods in seed production.
He equally harped on the need for quality seeds to ensure that indigenous seed companies market seeds beyond the shores of the country.
Responding to the council’s warning and complaints by some farmers in Niger and Adamawa states, the President, Seed Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN), Mr Richard Olafare, said that the association would strive to adhere to best practices.
“The seed industry is still at a nascent stage; we are growing, we are improving, but then it requires all hands on deck.
“It cuts across all boards, the seed companies which are the operators, the research companies.
He called for capacity building for seed companies, saying that efforts would be intensified to ensure that international standards of seed production and distribution were met. (NAN)