Seed Conference held at Srinagar

Nobody Will Be Allowed To Produce Seeds Without Registration:Mir

Srinagar –  In order to ensure availability of quality seeds to the farming community of the State the Government is making it mandatory for all the seed producers and traders to get registered with the Agriculture Department. Nobody will be allowed to produce seeds without registration. This was disclosed by Minister for Agriculture Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir while presiding over an Interactive Conference of Seed Growers of J&K at Lalmandi here today.

He said that effective Zonalization is required for quality Vegetable Seed Production and accordingly a Committee of Officers will be constituted. Government shall take all possible measures to sustain and help improvement in the Vegetable Seed Production. Government shall promote production of open pollinated as well as hybrid vegetable seeds. He stressed upon two Agriculture Universities to ensure production of required breeder and foundation seeds for the purpose. Mir said that traditional varieties of rice like “Mushkabudji”, “Kamad” etc. and open pollinated vegetable seed are being promoted by working out profitable market opportunities.

On this occasion Director Agriculture Dr. Farooq A. Lone said that good seed is basic input for sustained agriculture production and economy of state. He said that basic objective of seed conference is to formulate and deliberate opinion of all concerned in the seed trade and action to be taken for improvement of seed trade.

Seed Growers of the state apprised some suggestions regarding upliftment of seed industry during interactive conference and requested for providing the breeder/foundation seeds under latest technology alongwith different hybrid parental lines to the growers, so that same will be grown in their fields for more production as per the guidelines of hybrid technology adopted by the central institutes. Further, growers raised the issue regarding the Zonalization of areas and department should monitor the crops from growing to harvesting of seed, so that quality will be maintained as per procedure laid down on the Seed Act 1966. The growers also requested for allotment of shops in ‘Sabzi Mandies’ of J&K.

 Among other present in the Conference were Director Agriculture Jammu, Director Law enforcement J&K, Director Research SKUAST-K, Director Planning APD, Divisional Seed Certification Officer Kashmir and Seed growers of J&K.

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