Nigeria has adopted an agricultural seeds tracking technology to enhance food security in the country.
The new electronic seed quality system intended also ensures that farmers get quality seeds and consequently bumper harvest positions across Nigeria.
Nigeria becomes one of very few countries worldwide with full regulatory visibility into the entire seed supply of the country project, the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), the country’s regulator in the agriculture sector and an agency under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development says.
NASC, the tracking programme promoter says it is being implemented under its transformation agenda and has introduced the innovative platform for electronic quality verification of seeds and planting materials in Nigeria.
NASC selected mPedigree as its strategic innovation partner to deploy mPedigree’s oversight technology to advance this program and ensure digital surveillance of the national seeds supply system, the government agency says.
Starting from June 2019, under the newly introduced scheme, farmers will be able to verify the certification status of seed packets they purchase from agro-dealers, NASC says.
The data from these verifications are expected to complement current enforcement mechanisms and strengthen the new online seed batch approval process that is to accompany the verification system.
By digitizing the quality certification management process, NASC hopes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Nigeria’s food security and seed stock surveillance capacity, thereby boosting agribusiness and helping eliminate hunger.
The increased traceability and accountability should also greatly enrich the policy formulation process by removing information asymmetries and increasing responsiveness, according to NASC.
Market efficiency is a major expected outcome of the scheme, since fraud and faking shall be suppressed through the business process automation and enhanced transparency.
NASC says that the Goldkeys technology will enable quality and genuineness verification by farmers and the public through SMS, smartphone apps, and web.