25th Annual Group Meeting of AICRP - National Seed Project (Crops) Held at CRIJAF, Barrackpore

4-6 May, 2010

The 25th Annual Group Meeting of AICRP-NSP (Crops) was conducted at Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres (CRIJAF), Barrackpore during 4 - 6 May, 2010. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR

Dr. Ayyappan appreciated the scientists involved in seed production and seed technological research for the achievements made in the seed sector and advised the scientists to ensure the purity of seed material reaching the farming community. He showed concern about the varietal mis-match and seed replacement rate and urged the scientists to go through the seed bill critically and provide suggestions for further improvement. He also emphasized the need for organic seed production and value-addition to make the seed sector a competitive one. The need to develop a sustainable plan for future to ensure seed security of our country was also emphasized.

Dr. S.K. Datta, DDG (Crop Science) in his key note address complemented the scientists for making the seed mission a successful one and particularly the role of the NSP, which was launched in 1979 – 1980. He stressed the need to address the issues related to seed purity, and post harvest yield and quality loss.

Dr. A.B. Mandal, Project Director, Directorate of Seed Research, Mau, Uttar Pradesh emphasised the achievements made in 2009-10 under the AICRP-NSP (Crops) and informed that the breeding seed production has reached the landmark of 91,000 quintals and at the same time he admitted the miss-match in varieties indented for seed production.
Dr. S.A. Patil, Former-Director, IARI opined that a separate cell in ICAR needs to be constituted to promote export of seeds from India under OECD guidelines.There is a need for convergence among the conventional plant breeders, biotechnologists and scientists working on biotic and abiotic stress management to attain the international standards in the seed research.

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