About Us


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ABOUT US

The National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) is an amalgamation of all the value chain actors in the seed industry which culminated from a resolution passed by stakeholders in a meeting sponsored by the USAID – Agriculture Policy Support Project (USAID /APSP) in November 2015.  It is a not-for-profit membership based association limited by guarantee and incorporated in February 2016. NASTAG is dedicated to supporting the competitiveness of Ghana’s seed value chain through business and technical capacity building of its members, promotion of effective collaboration among and between actors, advocacy, regulation and standardization and provision of general seed information. It has positioned itself to supporting the industry players to develop their niche to the fullest potential for individual and collective benefits; ultimately contributing to enhancing agricultural production that will improve farmers livelihoods and overall agriculture in Ghana. NASTAG is linked to regional bodies such as ASIWA, CORAF, WASP and AFSTA.

NASTAG has a Vision to be the apex organization for promoting activities towards achieving efficient and sustainable food security through the improvement of members’ businesses and use of quality seed for improved livelihoods in Ghana and Africa.
It has its Mission to promote the interest of the members by upholding standards in the provision of improved quality seeds for increased crop production through capacity building of members, promotion of public private partnerships and use of improved technologies for the development of members’ businesses and ensuring adequate food security in Ghana.


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NASTAG’s 4 BRAND GOALS

  • Improve communication between seed stakeholders in Ghana, West Africa and the entire world by providing necessary seed industry information
  • Build the capacities of seed industry players for business competitiveness
  • Serve as the balanced voice for advocacy issues, representing global, regional, and national seed enterprises: seed producers, traders, research and other relevant government institutions.
  • Develop a statistical database on Ghana seed production and trade.

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MEMBERSHIP

The National Seed Trade Association of Ghana membership is opened to all seed value chain stakeholders including registered companies of producers, processors, traders, distributors and other auxiliary registered companies and government institutions.


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ACHIEVEMENTS

Though a new umbrella body, members of the amalgamation have achieved the following feats in the seed industry and/or continue to play significant roles on various national committees;

  • SEEDPAG has been the foremost suppliers  of certified/improved seeds in Ghana
  • STAG has been at the fore front of production and promotion of hybrid seeds in Ghana
  • GAIDA continues to play a lead role in the distribution of certified seeds to the rural communities in Ghana
  • CropLife Ghana members continue to supplement the seed stocks in the country with imported quality seeds;
  • SEEDPAG also plays a role as a member of the National Seed Council
  • CropLife has been the backbone in NASTAG’s establishment and its operations till date
  • CropLife Ghana, GAIDA, and SEEDPAG
  • Played a role in the Plants and Fertilizer Act, 2010, Act 803, Seed Regulation preparation
  • Played a significant role in the drafting and formulation of the National Fertilizer Policy
  • Together with STAG contributed to the drafting and formulation of the National Seed Policy
  • GAIDA, SEEDPAG, and STAG played and continue to play vital roles as members of the National Varietal Release and Registration Committee; the technical wing of the National Seed Council

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