06 March 2023, New Delhi: A two-day Indian Seed Congress was organized by the National Seed Association of India in New Delhi last week. Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar was the chief guest. During his inaugural address, he said, “The interest of farmers is paramount for the Government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. In this direction, to ensure the availability of good quality seeds to our farmers, the Modi Government will soon launch the Seed Traceability System. This will curb the pilferage in the seed trade sector.”
The minister said that suggestions have been taken from the concerned parties on the Seed Traceability System. Farmers will benefit from its launch, as well as all it will help the people doing good work in the seeds sector and ensure that the seed sector works properly. Whatever obstacles come in the way of the smooth functioning of the seeds sector, the government is very serious in this regard.
Mr. Tomar said that our Agriculture sector is prosperous and it is the backbone of the economy. India is in the leading position in Agriculture, yet in some areas like oilseeds and cotton we are yet to be self-sufficient, stakeholders of the seeds sector should also contribute to making the country AatmaNirbhar by reducing imports. In this direction, the seeds Industry needs to prepare a roadmap and implement it.
Appreciating the contribution of the seed sector in the continuous progress of the agriculture sector, Mr. Tomar said that the Seed is Nature, and the development of the Seed leads to the development of Nature. Irrespective of the field, the seed is important, and the quality of the seed is definitely of utmost importance for any field. In the field of agriculture, the quality of seeds, their development, increasing numerically; their use by the farmers, and human consumption is a long journey, the people who are participants in this journey are doing their business but at the same time, their responsibility towards mankind is also very important, which should be assumed seriously by all.
The minister also appreciated the contribution of scientists of all the institutes affiliated with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in developing climate-friendly and biofortified varieties as well as other superior varieties of seeds. On this occasion, Shri Tomar unveiled the ‘Seeds for Global Unity’ Wall.
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