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Strive towards making Telangana seed export hub, scientists told

Hyderabad: Efforts are on to make Telangana State a major destination for quality seed exports, and scientists, agronomists and professors should work towards achieving this objective, Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said here on Tuesday.

The Minister was delivering the valedictory address at the International Seed Certification workshop conducted by the State government in which representatives from 17 States and five countries participated to develop their strength in seed production, export and certification during the five-day event.

The Minister said the State government’s road map was to make agriculture sector a profitable venture by giving the much need impetus through innovative techniques. “Within a short span of time, TS has become a destination for seed exports and certification system, and for the first time, the State has taken the initiative to hold such an international conference where participants shared knowledge,” Reddy said.

He said climatic conditions of the country were advantageous for production of several varieties of seeds, and this workshop would lead to development of quality seeds across the country which should further improve India position in global seed production. “If quality and high yield seed is provided to farmers, it will not only be helpful to them in getting higher yield but also the country in increasing per capita income,” the Minister said. He congratulated the seed certification agency for getting all stakeholders in one place to train them. The government was providing free quality power round-the-clock to farmers and would be giving input assistance to ryots from the next Yasangi season to make them self-reliant.

Agriculture Secretary C Paratha Sarathi appealed to the participants to best utilise the country’s work force, climatic conditions and robust technical skills to make the country a seed destination. Mentioning about Telangana State’s efforts in making it a seed hub, Paratha Sarathi said, “TS made tangible progress in three years and took the lead position in seed exports and certification. By following international standards the State government exported 17,000 quintals of seed to various countries which itself showcased the growth in the sector.”

The Agriculture Secretary called for sincere efforts to produce all the 50,000 seed varieties covering 200 crops which were listed in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), “At present the country was producing only 231 varieties covering 20 crops,” Paratha Sarathi said.

 

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