ECOBasic Seed, a new seed entity, has said that Nigeria can double its food production, especially maize, and achieve self-sufficiency, producing about 20 million metric tonnes of maize per annum, if 50 percent of farmers across the country adopt hybrid maize varieties.
The company said Nigeria has failed to meet its national maize demand because only 10 percent of the country’s farmers plant hybrid seed varieties.
Managing Director, ECOBasic Seed Company, Mr. Brighton Karume, at a press conference in Kaduna on Friday, however said the company was debuted to bridge the existing gap in early generation seeds production in Nigeria and drive the seed sector in the sub-region with the production of high quality and pure seeds.
Karume noted that currently over 90 percent of the Early Generation Seed (EGS) – breeder and foundation seed – sourced in Nigeria are from research institutions.
“However, these research institutions struggle to meet the rising demand for high-quality foundation seed from seed companies due to inadequate financial and technical support. This has a huge impact on the productivity and profitability of indigenous seed companies which ultimately limits farmers’ access to high-quality seeds,” he said.