Hyderabad: The State government will be conducting a five day workshop on International Seed Certification in Hyderabad beginning November 24. This is yet another major initiative by the State government which had successfully conducted the National Conference on Seed Certification Agencies in a first of its kind in the country recently.
Seed Certification Authority Director K Keshavulu told Telangana Today that the workshop gains significance since technical experts from South Africa, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany and other countries would be taking part in the event besides representatives from various States, Central government officials, scientists and agriculture Universities professors.
Keshavulu said that during the workshop, awareness would be brought on seed sample collection, certification methods and field level observations. “With Telangana State set to emerge as the seed bowl of the country, the workshop is being organized and it will also be useful in promoting exports to other countries from the State,” he said. The workshop will also discuss the improvements in seed production and speedy certification methods.
The State government has so far exported around 17,000 quintals of a variety of seeds to various countries in the last one year after certifying them. Besides this, the TS Seed Certification Authority has also been certifying the seeds from other States as it was appointed the nodal agency for Southern States. Considering the State government’s remarkable efforts in strengthening the seed certification system, the Central government recently sanctioned a laboratory with international standards equipment for the State.
The national conference held in October had won accolades both from the Centre and neighbouring States since such a conference had never been organised before even by the Union government. The conference submitted the recommendations that came out of the conference including a uniform national policy on seed certification and knowledge-sharing between States.