ACCRA– The Ghanaian government is working to obtain parliamentary approval for the final draft of the Ghana Seed Regulations, which are aimed at attracting more private sector participation and investments in the seed value chain and making the local seed industry more profitable and competitive, says Seth OseiAkoto, the Director of Crop Services of the Ministry of Food Agriculture.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Food and Agriculture at the 2018 National Seed Value Chain Business Networking Forum here Thursday, he said the government had also concluded consultations on other seed sector legislation and strategies, including the implementation of the National Seed Plan.

The forum, held under the theme, Vibrant Local Seed Industry: Strengthening Seed Value Chain Linkages through Public-Private Dialogue, was aimed at contributing to shaping and improving the policy, regulatory and investment environment for enhanced private seed business through sustained public-private dialogue.

Akoto said the government had demonstrated its commitment to empowering the private sector through the active involvement of the National Seed Traders Association of Ghana (NASTAG) and other individual seed producers in the supply of the local seeds for the Planting for Food and Jobs progtamme.

NASTAG president Thomas Havor said the Private Seed Sector would step up efforts to meet the seeds demand for the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ (PFJ) Programme. He said the sector would also sustain its momentum and even meet the international seed demands, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

Havor said currently, the private seed sector was involved in the production of certified seeds and in 2017 produced approximately 4,500 tonnes of maize, 1,400 tonnes of rice, and 900 tonnes of soybean. These amounts were woefully inadequate, compared with demand, forcing the government to import seeds.