US HELPS SPUR USE OF HIGH QUALITY, CERTIFIED SEEDS IN GHANA

ACCRA, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the US government’s Feed the Future Initiative, has launched the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) to spur private sector investment in and to promote the use of high-quality certified seeds.

The association was launched here Monday together with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other development partners. NASTAG is a partnership between producers, traders, government institutions and processors in the seeds industry to grow the competitiveness of Ghana’s seeds industry.

The NASTAG Executive Council will work to strengthen the business and technical skills of its members, promote collaboration between seed value chain actors, and advocate on regulations, standardization and the provision of general seed information to all stakeholders.

The government of Ghana has prioritized seed as a pillar in its flagship agriculture programme, Planting for Food and Jobs, and NASTAG will play a leading role in its implementation. In Ghana, promoting the growth of the seeds industry and ensuring access to quality certified seeds has the potential to boost agricultural productivity, as well as enhance food and nutrition security in the country.

We believe improving the seed sector is critical to Ghana’s economic growth. Developing Ghana’s seed sector is a top priority for USAID and its partners, and today’s launch is a milestone for the sector’s growth, said Jenna Tajchman, the USAID/Ghana agriculture team leader.

USAID and its Feed the Future partners support NASTAG with strategic planning, technical assistance, and increasing access to quality seeds for Ghanaian farmers. In Ghana, Feed the Future works to enhance agricultural productivity, links farmers to market and trade opportunities, and boost the nutrition of the most vulnerable populations.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK