Hyderabad: The first of its kind national conference on seeds production, quality control and marketing held here recently has made several recommendations. The recommendations include States increase seed production rather than procurement through tenders, inter-State marketing of seeds, exports, strengthening of State Seeds Corporations, setting up of a National Seed Mission and signing of Memorandums of Understanding between States for seed production and marketing.
Telangana State had taken the lead in bringing together various State Seeds Corporations and experts in the field from all over the country, and the outcome of the conference in the form of recommendations has been sent to the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare for consideration. The conference also served as a platform to share experiences and ideas for strengthening of public sector seed corporations.
Eperts from different fields of seed industry and seed science, managing directors of the State Seed Corporations of TS, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka participated in the meeting. Based on suggestions and observations that emerged during the two day conference, the Agriculture Department compiled a list of 13 recommendations and sent it to the Centre.
The experts felt that States should increase seed production to ensure supply of low quality seeds. Scientists from various States pitched for inter-State MoUs since some State Seed Corporations were technically weak. If MoUs are inked between States or with the National Seed Corporation for both production and marketing, it will benefit all, they felt. The conference also sought revision of Breeder Seed manual.
The State government’s initiative in organising such a conference came in for a lot of appreciation from other States, Union Agriculture Ministry and National Seed Corporation.