Seed is significant input in agriculture: ICAR
Highlighting the role of seed as a significant input in agriculture, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR, New Delhi, Dr Swapan Kumar Dutta stressed that the adequate funds should be made available to State Agriculture Universities to undertake the innovations in restructuring the research for development of quality seeds.
Speaking at 29th Annual Group Meeting of All India Coordinated Project (AICP)-National Seed Project (Crops) 2014 organised by the Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST), Shalimar, Dr Dutta mentioned that the seed is important which encapsulates the past, present and the future of the whole agriculture and is the seat of the transcending important traits. The AICP meeting will conclude tomorrow.
He stressed that the adequate funds should be made available to State Agriculture Universities to undertake the innovations in restructuring the research for development quality seeds.
He also mentioned that the major challenge in South East Asia is availability of quality seed.
Dr Dutta said the food and nutritional need of the country has to be kept in mind before moving ahead in seed sector at national level keeping in view challenges posed by the climate change, early maturing and drought resistant varieties of crops needs to be developed, infrastructure facilities for seed analysis and storage needs to be strengthened across the country in order to reduce storage loss. Climate independent crops need to be developed to address issues in research.
Project Director, Directorate of Seed Research, Mau (UP), Dr S Rajandra Prasad presented the achievement made under National Seed Project (Crops) at National level and stressed on strengthening this programme in order to expand outreach and achieve identified targets under 12th Plan.
The Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Kashmir, Dr Tej Partap while delivering Presidential Address, welcomed the participants highlighted the contribution of seed research and allied sectors in the country.
He also mentioned the role of modern technology in research and its possibility to fight against hunger and poverty in the country in line with the policies adopted by the J&K State Government in reviving the seed supply chain.
The impact of population pressure, economic opportunities, changing urban structure and receding land holdings, the country poses a new challenge for research organizations to create new linkages in order to harvest the full potential of the available technologies in national seed programme.
He highlighted the importance of seed availability to small and marginal farmers of the country to ensure economic prosperity.
He also mentioned that the paradigm shift need to be made in order to develop seeds for the future and harvest the potential of indigenous gene pool repositories available in different crops in the country.
(Posted on 25-04-2014)