15th October, 2019, New Delhi
Shri Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India inaugurated the 10th National Seed Congress - 2019 at Dr. B.P. Pal Auditorium, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi today.
The Congress based on the Theme "Quality Seed for farmers' Prosperity" will be organized from 15th to 17th October, 2019.
Shri Agarwal highlighted the quality seed’s importance in ensuring the national food security and enhancing the farmers’ income. He also accentuated about the commitment of the Ministry to ensure the support for the supply of quality seeds to the farmers.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) stressed upon adopting the ways to trace and identify the spurious seeds by using bar-codes and other means. It would help in ensuring the supply of good quality seeds to the production systems, delivery chains and the ultimate users.
Shri Ashwani Kumar, Joint Secretary (Seeds), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare underlined about the main objective of the programme. Shri Kumar accentuated on the benefits of the programme for the stakeholders, scientists and officials.
Earlier, Dr. D.K. Yadav, ADG (Seeds), ICAR, New Delhi briefed about the layout of the three-day long programme.
Dr. K.V. Prabhu, Chairperson, PPV & FRA, Government of India, New Delhi; Dr. S.K. Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh; Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Director, ICAR-National Bureau of Plants Genetic Resources, New Delhi along with other dignitaries were present during the occasion.
Several important issues related to seed production, supply, quality assurance, marketing, pricing, etc., were discussed during the Panel discussion.
More than 250 Delegates from across the country are participating in the Congress.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi)