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Telangana successful in strengthening seed sector

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Hyderabad: Union Secretary for Agriculture Dr Shobhana K Pattanayak on Tuesday congratulated the Telangana government for its efforts in strengthening the seed sector.

Pattanayak, after participating in the Conference on Credit and Insurance Scheme, interacted with Telangana Agriculture Secretary C Partha Sarathi and Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority (TSSOCA) Director Dr K Keshavulu. “The government injected a new life in the seed sector, which was in dormant condition till recently,” he said.

After learning about the government programmes on seed certification, Pattanayak said the Union government is ready to support the schemes. He lauded TSSOCA for exporting OECD certificated seed to foreign countries which was lagging so far. The Union Secretary also hailed the government for successfully conducting ISTA and international seed certificate workshops in Hyderabad.

Keshavulu said Pattanayak appreciated the reforms suggested by Telangana in seed certification.

ICRISAT ready for OECD certification

ICRISAT Director General Dr David Barghavinsun said the body was ready to enroll for the OECD certification programme. He said once the organisation gets OECD nod, there can be more scope to export certified seeds to African and other countries.

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