SEED ENTREPRENEURS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (SEEDAN) REGAINS ITS PRIDE PLACE AS FOREMOST SEED ASSOCIATION IN WEST AFRICA THROUGH WASP INTERVENTION AND COLLABORATION

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SEEDAN is the foremost private seed body registered in Nigeria and a member of the Africa Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) whose membership comprises numerous Seed Trade Associations of various countries in Africa. The association was formed in 1993 as the apex private sector seed trade body in Nigeria. SEEDAN’s secretariat is situated in the premises of Premier Seed Nigeria Limited at Chikaji Industrial Estate, Zaria, Kaduna state.

SEEDAN since its inception and incorporation has experienced steady growth over the years with only about five seed companies as members in its early years. Currently, SEEDAN has over 67 registered members who are private entrepreneurs with a reputation for integrity, quality and excellence in business management, engaged in the production and marketing of quality seed across Nigeria and West Africa.

The association through it members has collectively produced about 180,000 tons of seeds of crops including rice, maize, sorghum, cowpea, wheat, etc. for grain production by Nigerian farmers with quality seed sales reaching about 6 billion naira (20 million USD) in 2015.  SEEDAN’s transformation from an association with few memberships and very few trained personnel’s, little production capacity, faced with challenges of accessing early generation seeds to an association with large membership and well trained personnel’s who currently produced over 180,000 tons of certified seeds not only for the most populous black nation of the world but for the West Africa sub region came about through its collaboration with the West Africa Seed Program (WASP).

The WASP through its support has helped build SEEDAN’s human, institutional and infrastructural capacity and today SEEDAN apart from managing WASP projects also manages project for other development partners including the Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). SEEDAN today is supporting the government of Nigeria through its partnership with government Agencies (The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development-FMA&RD, National Agricultural Seeds Council -NASC and the Nigerian Incentive Based Risk System for Agricultural Lending- NIRSAL) to develop a model for Agricultural Financing in the country all because of the exposure gained through WASP collaboration.

 

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