Seed Industry

Innovative digital seed portal of ICAR-IIWBR

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11 January 2023, New Delhi: During the 2020 global pandemic situation, an online Seed Portal ( was developed by ICAR-IIWBR, Karnal to provide seeds of wheat & barley varieties to farmers.

The seed portal was designed and executed through the IIWBR website in September 2020. The interested farmers had to submit basic information for registration. The farmers are grouped state-wise and district-wise. The registered farmers are informed at least one week in advance about the date and time of seed collection through bulk SMS to facilitate hassle-free seed distribution.

On average, daily 3000 farmers collect seeds as per the schedule. All the payments are made in digital modes.

ICAR-IIWBR, Karnal generally opens the Farmer Seed Portal ( in the last week of September till the availability (5-10 days) of seed every year. 

During 2022-23, a total of 20,054 farmers were registered from 11 states (Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan) within four days. An amount of Rs. 1.20 crores was generated by selling more than 2,000 quintals of the seed of IIWBR varieties to the farmers during October 2022. 

During 2020-21 to 2022-23, 37,278 farmers were registered and 26,862 farmers collected truthfully labeled (TL) seeds of DBW 327 (Karan Shivani), DBW 332 (Karan Aditya), DBW 303 (Karan Vaishnavi), DBW 187 (Karan Vandna), DBW 222 (Karan Narendra), DDW 47, DWRB 137 and DWRB 137. Total revenue generation through breeder and TL seed was Rs 12.61 crore.

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