Telangana seeds a hit in Egypt

The delegation appreciated the State government’s efforts in certifying and supplying quality seeds from the State.

By Author  |  Published: 22nd Jan 2018  10:42 pmUpdated: 22nd Jan 2018  11:08 pm

Hyderabad: Egypt sought export of more quantity of seeds from Telangana after it found that the seeds supplied last year were of excellent quality leading to high yield.

A high-level delegation from Egypt conveyed this to the State government on Monday. The team comprising Egypt Agriculture Ministry officials, government representatives and Seed Authority Department officials met Telangana Agriculture Secretary C Partha Sarathi and State Seed Certification Agency Director K Keshavulu.

Speaking on the occasion, the delegation appreciated the State government’s efforts in certifying and supplying quality seeds from the State. “Last year, we imported 550 metric tonnes of seed from Telangana and we now request the State government to increase the quantity this year,” said Gamal Alzab, Ministry of Agriculture, Egypt.

All the seeds imported from here were of good quality and farmers were happy to cultivate Telangana seeds, he said. They also sought the State government’s help in developing quality seeds in Egypt besides imparting skills to Egyptian officials and farmers.

Partha Sarathi said for the first time in the country, the State had started online certification for the supply of seed and the Centre had appointed Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority (TSSOCA) as nodal agency for nine States in the country. He also said 60 per cent of country’s seed needs are fulfilled by Telangana, which was poised to become the seed bowl of the world.

Speaking to Telangana Today, Partha Sarathi said the certification authority was ready to supply as much seed required by Egypt and accepted the invitation to impart training skills in Egypt. The government brought in many reforms in the past three years in TSSOCA with the help of international agencies. He also invited Egypt delegation to take part in International Seed Conference to be held in Hyderabad in June 2019.

TSSOCA Director K Keshavulu gave a Power Point Presentation (PPP) to the delegation and said the authority was capable of exporting all variety of seeds after due certification. He said the government was improving cultivation of seed area in the State year after year.