Trilochan Mohapatra, director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, has called for a sustainable seed development programme for qualitative improvement and crop productivity enhancement.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the 31st annual group meeting of the All India Coordinated Research Project in Seed Production at Angamaly on Tuesday.
He said that though the progress made in seed research was commendable, some lacunae in the system needed to be addressed.
“I am impressed by the fact that seed production in the country is sufficient to meet the requirement at large.
“Yet, it would be foolhardy to ignore the failure to produce sufficient quantity of breeder seeds in some crops”, Mr. Mohaptra was quoted as saying in a press release issued here.
“We are duty-bound to increase pulse production during this International Year of Pulses, and hence a special drive to enhance breeder seed production of crops in this category needed to be taken up”, he said.
He also stressed the need to expedite seed certification and registration procedure.
Director of research at the Kerala University of Agriculture Sajan Kurien welcomed the gathering.
Associate director (seeds) V. S. Devadas, proposed a vote of thanks.
Sustainable seed development programme needed for qualitative improvement.
Source : The Hindu