National Group Meet of Seed Scientists at CSKHPAU

May 02, 2011 20:17 | Poltics

National Group Meet of Seed Scientists at CSKHPAU

JAIDEEP REHAN

 

Palampur 2 May.  A three days group meet on All India coordinated research project on National Seed Project (crops) began at CSK H.P. Agricultural University, here today.

 

Addressing around 200 scientists from all over the country, Chief Guest Dr.S.K.Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, said that seed was base for bountiful harvests and the green revolution has already proved the importance of quality seed besides potent  farm technology. He said that seed production in the last few decades has increased twenty five times yet old seed replacement percentage has not been satisfactory. The farmers continue to use seeds available with them and they need to be educated about the importance of quality seed. He also underlined the importance of notifying at national level all those improved crop varieties which are released at State level. Similarly there was need to register varieties on the verge of extinction. The Vice-Chancellor said that suitable areas in various agro-climatic conditions of the country should be identified and strengthened for seed production. He also spoke on the importance of seed technology and building public private partnership for seed production programmmes all over the country.

 

Dr.J.S.Sandhu, Assistant Director General (seeds), Indian council of agricultural research (ICAR), said that the country was on the verge of record food production and the credit will go to the quality seed for  this accomplishment. He said that all obsolete crop varieties released decades back need to be de-notified. As the seed replacement rate has been fixed at 35 percent so efforts were required to work on this issue for better yields. Around 80 percent seed available with the farmers was in use and they need to be educated about the importance of seed replacement, seed storage, seed transportation, etc. He also spoke on the hybrid seed production programme at 35 centers of the National Seed Project.

 

Dr.S.Natrajan, a senior scientist from the Directorate of Seed Research, Mau gave figures about various seed production programmes. Dr.S.P.Sharna, Director of Research, informed that the University has initiated work on DNA finger printing of maize hybrids. He also thanked ICAR  for sanctioning a mega seed project and hoped that more such programmes will be sanctioned in future.

 

Dr.Dinesh Badiyala, Head of Seed Science and Technology departments, Dr.J.K.Sharma, Organizing Secretary and Dr.Rajesh Singh also shared their views on seed technology.