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Put premium on production of quality seeds – Dr. Bambangi

By
Edmund Quaynor, GNA
    

Accra, Aug 25, GNA –
Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Sagre Bambangi, has underlined the
need to put premium on quality seed production to help transform the nation’s
agriculture.

He said it was the way
forward to substantially increase the per hectare yield of crops and returns to
the farmer.

He was speaking at the
launch of the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) in Accra.

It is an umbrella body
for players in the seed industry – researchers, farmers, marketers, exporters
and importers.

They have come
together with the common goal of working to achieve efficiency and create the
right environment for the seed industry to thrive.

The Deputy Minister
cautioned against seed adulteration and poor packaging, adding that, everything
should be done to ensure that high standards were maintained.

Mr. Thomas Havor,
National President of NASTAG, promised to work closely with parliament to get a
Legislative Instrument to back the implementation of the Plant and Fertilizer
Act.

He appealed to the
government to move quickly to establish the Seed Council and the Seed Fund to
support the growth of the seed sector.

Mr. William Kotey, a
member of the immediate past Interim Executive of the Association, said
NASTAG’s vision was to increase seed adaptation by farmers across the country
from 11 per cent to over 50 per cent.

Mrs. Azara
Ali-Mamshie, who chaired the ceremony, urged the body to focus on attracting
strong financial support for the agricultural sector.

Mr. Havor of Yoni
farms, had earlier been elected President of the Association by the members.

Other elected officers
included Mrs. Felicia Afia Nyantakyi-Owusu, Vice-President, Mr. Roland Quaye,
Secretary, Mr. Mackeown Frimpong, Treasurer, Mr. Abdoulaye Antiku,
representative of the Northern Zone, Mr. Amos Azinu, representative for the
Middle Zone and Mr. Simon Abdulai, representative of the Southern Zone.

GNA

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