The official also cautioned against planting of grains meant for consumption.
Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Managing Director of Maslaha Seeds Ltd, Gusau, Zamfara, has urged farmers to desist from the consumption of seeds as it is hazardous to the health.
Mr. Abdullahi said in Abuja said that seeds were usually treated with chemicals and colouring to preserve them and make them “true to type”, stressing that consumption of these chemicals amounted to “food poisoning”.
He said that seeds were to be planted while grains should serve as food but he observed that some farmers instead consumed the seeds and planted grains.
According to him, this practice will negatively affect the health of the farmer and his yield as well.
He explained that seeds were developed from various parent varieties of crops to produce something of a better and higher quality.
“Seeds production takes time because hundreds and thousands of varieties had to be compared, monitored and selected before the best ones would be chosen and bred.
“The production of seeds start with what we call the production of a breeder seeds, which takes a lot of time and a lot of years before parent lines are produced from which breeder seeds is produced.
“So, it takes time to do the selection process and do the combination and also do what we call test crossing before you produce a good variety that is adaptable to a particular situation.
“From the breeder seeds, you now develop what we call foundation seeds and it is from foundation seeds that you will produce the certified seeds which will be sold to farmers.
“The farmers will plant the certified seeds in their farms and what the farmers will harvest from the seeds they planted, are grains which are not to be replanted.
Abdullahi stressed that grains were harvested product of the seeds and were not meant to be replanted but eaten.
He said that planting of grains would result in low or no yield at all, urging farmers to buy their seeds from designated shops, so that they would not fall victim of buying grains instead of seeds.
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