20 January 2023, New Delhi: The newly built “Pusa Seed Sales Counter” at the Seed Production Unit of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi was inaugurated yesterday by Dr. Ashok K. Singh, Director & Vice Chancellor of IARI.
A farmer-centric discussion between farmers and scientists/officials of IARI was conducted addressing the issues and prospects in an efficient seed production system during the program.
Dr. Ashok K. Singh told the audience about the vision and future strategies of the institute in the area of increasing total seed production, on-field / mandi supply of the seeds, and online booking of the seeds.
Dr. Gyanendra Singh, in-charge of the Seed Production Unit of IARI informed about the efforts of this unit in increasing the overall seed production from 4,000 quintals to 10,000 quintals and fulfilling the gap in demand for seeds.
Dr. D.K. Yadava, ADG (Seeds), ICAR appreciated the role of IARI in varietal development, maintenance, and quality assurance through PUSA varieties in the country and increasing farmers’ income and sustainable livelihood.
Need-based quality seed production and their timely supply among farmers and faster replacement with newer highly productive varieties are being done by the institute mentioned, Dr. R.N. Padaria, Joint Director (Extension), IARI.
Dr. V. Chinnaswami, Joint Director (Research), IARI expressed their vision and emphasized connecting FPOs with the IARI seed production unit and also publishing success story of seed-producing farmers of the country.
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