Agricultural scientists and researchers had worked very hard (and continue to work hard) to develop and release improved seed varieties that are high-yielding, climate-resilient, disease-resistant, drought-tolerant, nutrient-rich and adaptable to our climatic condition. Additionally, good agricultural practices have been developed through the diligent efforts of agronomists (and other agricultural scientists) to improve agricultural productivity and enhance the profitability of farming among smallholder farmers.
However, a lot of smallholder farmers as well as agricultural extension agents are not aware of the existence of majority of the improved seed varieties and good agricultural practices because of the difficulty in accessing up-to-date and valuable information about the agricultural innovations.
The low level of awareness about agricultural innovations (including improved seed varieties and good agricultural practices) among smallholder farmers is a critical factor that hinders the adoption of such innovations that can substantially boost agricultural productivity and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Nigeria.
Therefore, the Nigerian Seed Portal Initiative (www.seedportal.org.ng) was implemented as an agricultural development project by a team of two agricultural scientists (an Agricultural Extension Specialist and a Seed Specialist) to address the aforementioned challenges, towards contributing to the improvement of the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the development of the Nigerian agricultural sector.
Nigerian Seed Portal Initiative exists to promote the adoption of improved seed varieties by facilitating easy access to valuable information on released seed varieties and improved agricultural practices.
We envision an effective and integrated seed system where farmers have timely and sustainable access to sufficient quantity of high-quality seeds at affordable prices.