By Alex Abutu
Seed companies collaborating with the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme ( WAAPP-Nigeria), have been asked to fast track the generation, dissemination and adoption of improve varieties of seeds and seedlings in the country to enhance productivity.
Acting National Programme Coordinator WAAPP-Nigeria, Dr. James Ocheme Apochi made this known at the stakeholders meeting with CORAF/WECARD Technical Audit team on fingerlings and Seeds production companies in Abuja.
According to Dr. Apochi, the meeting was to appraise the seed and fingerlings activities of the first phase of the project, while urging every participant to be generous with relevant information that could assist the team to achieved its desired mission.
Ousmane Ndoye, leader of the CORAF/WECARD team informed the stakeholders, that the visit was to enable the team have an overview as well as challenges encountered during the implementation of the first phase of WAAPP.
The meeting also x-ray the success story of WAAPP-Nigeria activities in the first phase which include: the adoption of WAAPP smoking kiln by other countries, WAAPP technologies for fish seed production, integrated rice cum fish- poultry widely adopted by WAAPP countries such as Mali, Senegal, Cote D’ ivoire and Ghana.
It will be recalled that WAAPP-Nigeria has AQUACULTURE as its core mandate with interventions in priority commodities such as sorghum, maize, rice and roots and tubers.