Hyderabad: Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority have become a guiding force for the Central government and other States in identifying the sale and supply of unapproved herbicide-tolerant trait of cottonseed (BG-III).
After formation of State, the State government gave more power and teeth’s to the seed certification authority. The authority was entrusted to take part in making the State as seed bowl of the country. Besides encouraging the farmers to go for maximum extent of seed cultivation they are also taking stringent action against supply of spurious seeds.
The seed certification authority, with the help of Agriculture department, has taken action against supply of spurious seeds and even registered PD Act on three agencies for supplying them.
Recently the authority also highlighted the illegal entry of BG-III cotton variety into the Indian market, which doesn’t have any permission from the Central government. The State authority found that unapproved BG-III was released into the fields by unidentified entities and agencies through its mechanism.
“We conducted field visits and came to know that some farmers are cultivating BG-III which is not approved by any authentic agency in the country,” said Seed Certification authority director Dr K Keshavulu to Telangana Today.
The seed certification authority has written a letter to the Central government requesting them to take immediate action after it identified BG-III trait entry into the market. Keshavulu who is also a member of International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) brought it to the notice of the Central government, which immediately constituted a Field Inspection and Scientific Evaluation Committee (FISEC) to take appropriate action and suggested measures to curb the spread of BG-III cotton in the country.