Hyderabad: Principal Secretary for Agriculture, C Parthasarathy on Friday urged agriculture scientists to focus their attention on low cost seed testing systems that would help the farmer in determining the quality of seeds instantly.
Addressing the ISTA workshop on seed sampling, purity, germination and moisture, he said the technology that would facilitate quick testing of the seeds to make out its standards, physical purity, moisture and germination is the need of the hour. It would enable the farming community to get quality seed. Seed testing services must be within the reach of the farmers who produce as well as use seed, he said.
He said many such workshops were organised by OECD and ISTA, giving training and raising awareness levels on the seed quality and suitability for planting. Some 25 delegates from countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Philippines, Iraq and Ethiopia are participating in the training programme, he said.
The workshop would also have practical sessions for the participants, he added. The practical sessions would be organised at the seed processing plants in the suburbs of the city. He said the moisture levels and germination status of the seed would certainly have their impact the on the levels of crop yield.