19 September, 2011
Two-day annual review meeting of the ICAR Seed Project “Seed Production in Agricultural crops” for the year 2010‐11 was inaugurated by Dr. S. Ayyappan Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR at Dr. B. P Pal Auditorium, IARI, Pusa, New Delhi. Dr Ayyappan expressed satisfaction over the progress made in terms of quality seed production as well as agriculture production during this year. He pointed out that we need to upgrade our production in terms of quality to play an important role in seed trade at national and international level.
In the review meeting, the progress of the project for the year 2010‐11 was appraised and evaluated. It is mentionable that during X five year plan, this project was launched with a financial outlay of Rs 198.89 crore for the years 2005‐06 and 2006‐07 covering 86 centers throughout the country to enhance quality seed planting material/fish seed production and capacity building of National Agricultural Research System by providing required infrastructure, equipment and implements.
In the X plan, the project was implemented for field crops, horticulture and fisheries components. After visualizing the spectacular success in X five year plan, the project has been continued in the XI five year plan too with a financial outlay of Rs 63.33 crore for field crops component alone involving 56 centers which includes 34 SAUs, 21 ICAR institutes and one non‐ ICAR institute.
We have to contribute more in seed market especially in case of horticultural crops, said Dr. S. K. Dutta, DDG (Crop Science) in his key note address. He further stressed that genetic purity, higher vigour and nutrient profile must be ensured through SNP marker to ensure the genetic purity and vigour of seed lot.
Dr. S. Rajendra Prasad Project Director, Directorate of Seed Research, Mau, UP presented the Action Taken Report of previous year review meeting.
The project aims to strengthen capacity building for enhanced quality seed production of agricultural crops. The major achievements during last four years were the record production of different classes of quality seeds including nucleus, breeder, foundation, truthfully labeled seeds and planting material. The infrastructure created at the cooperating centers includes irrigation facilty, farm implements, farm developments and seed processing units.
The nodal officers/ Directors of research of different SAUs/ ICAR institute have also presented their major achievements and constraints. Apart from these the needful issues to be considered for the XII plan has been presented by the various nodal officers involved in the Project.
The meeting was attended by around 100 delegates involving Directors of Research from various state universities, Directors from ICAR institutes and nodal officers from 56 cooperating centers, across the country.
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