24 May 2022, New Delhi: Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar presided over a national webinar on “Seed Chain Development” today. The webinar was held as part of the year-long Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. Mr. Tomar said the State Governments, in consultation with the Central Government, should prepare a roadmap for 10-15 years for the benefit of farmers. He said that it should be ensured that the farmers get timely supply of good quality seeds. State governments should strictly curb black marketing and those selling fake seeds.
The Union Minister said that we all know the importance of seeds. If the seed is good, then the produce will be good, whether it be individuals or the seeds for cultivation. Availability of good seeds for farming increases production and productivity, resulting in higher income for farmers and raising the share of agriculture in GDP besides benefitting our agriculture and the nation’s economy.
Mr. Tomar said that the entire seed chain should be properly streamlined so that farmers do not face any problem. Besides, crops whose seeds are in short supply in particular areas, should be provided with those seeds so that the productivity can be increased. Planning should be done for adequate supply of seeds of crops like pulses-oilseeds, cotton etc. Cooperation of the State Governments is also necessary for seed traceability, so that awareness is raised among farmers across the country and they can take rightful decision regarding the seeds for their plantation as per the requirement. If our country becomes AatmaNirbhar in seeds availability, then only we will be able to supply to other countries in large quantities.