The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved a memorandum seeking to revise the National Agricultural Seed Policy 2015 to modify it to 2023.
The Minister, Dr Mohammad Mahmood, told newsmen the policy would provide a seed standardisation and control framework.
“With the continuous technological development, seeds are always being upgraded, standardised, and fortified with several vitamins. There is also the issue of genetically modified seeds. This revision seeks to conform with global best practice in yield.”
“Our farmers must have access to best quality seeds that can produce the products that can compete in the world market”, he explained.
FEC also approved a request to award about 36 billion Naira in contracts for the construction of barracks and 100 flats accommodation for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA personnel.
According to the Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, the aim is to facilitate their routines, protect them from attacks, and promote sanity in the country.
Similarly, FEC approved the Nigerian Ports Authority to spend over 500 million Naira in the procurement 4 customised fire service and search-and-rescue vans for Rivers Port in Port Harcourt, Lagos Port Complex, Tin Can Island Port and the Marina headquarters in Lagos.
The Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Mu’azu Jaji, told newsmen that the consignments would be delivered in 9 months.
He also said FEC had approved rolling stock procurement for the Kano-Maradi standard gauge rail line in about 985 million dollars, to be completed in 4 years.
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