African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) in alliance with SEEDAN, National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) and supplementary stakeholders inaugurated a start-up Company in Nigeria
By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone – The company, ‘EcoBasic Seed’ with its functional headquarters in Kaduna will, be the second AATF funded business set up to in a bid to finance first generation seed advancement.
The first is the QualiBasic seed company based in Nairobi, Kenya. Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Executive Director of AATF, Dr. Kanangire Canisius told, the seed firm that will be undertaken will be delivering services across West African Sub–region.
Canisius said the company is appearing to restore a very crucial rift in seed sales and percentage in the region. He clarified that, the ECOBasic Seeds Company Limited was organized pursuing a sequel of intercourses with strategic stakeholders in the seed sector in Nigeria that recognized the desire for concentrated intervention in the
production and sales of foundation seed in the country.
Speaking further, the Executive Director highlighted that, he is similarly in Nigeria on a solidarity visit to thank the administration and people in the last few years. He explained the country has one of the most functional policies, laws, regulations, structures and adequate institutional framework and human resources to safely ,deploy bio–
technologies to enhance productivity.
“What is really encouraging for us is that our involvement in this country has been backed by full government support and partnership.
We have witnessed the openness with which the Federal Government of Nigeria has operated in the last few years in granting research, product development and product release permits for the good of its citizens while most other countries are still held back by indecisiveness.
“There is much more than we can do together going forward and we look forward to these opportunities.
“Having laid the background to AATF presence and interventions in Nigeria, allow me to pay tribute to the people and government of Nigeria,” he said.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent