International Seeds Day at Krishi Jagran: Expert Views on Seed Resilience

International Seeds Day is well known yearly on April twenty sixth, 2022, to acknowledge the significance of seeds. Patent-free seeds, non-GMO pure seeds, and farmer rights are all highlighted on this present day. Even although the federal government authorized seed insurance policies in 2002 and 2019, each had been by no means applied owing to a scarcity of political will.

To really have fun this present day, Krishi Jagran hosted a webinar on the topic- Journey to Resilience Starts with Seed, Time to Conserve, Protect & Revive Indigenous Seeds on International Seeds Day. The webinar was joined by a panel stuffed with dignitaries who’re specialists in seed analysis and manufacturing and progressive farmers.

The webinar was attended by a number of dignitaries together with Mr. Vijay Sardana, Advocate, Supreme Court of India & NGT, IPR, Techno –Legal & TechnoBusiness, Corporate Governance Advisor & Trainer, who moderated the webinar. While Dr. P.Ok Pant, Chief Operating Officer, Krishi Jagran offered the vote of thanks.

Some of the dignitaries who spoke on the webinar are:

Gajanand Patel, Progressive Farmer, Machal Madhya Pradesh

Dr. R.Ok Trivedi, Executive Director, National Seed Association of India

Ok.V Somani, President, Northern Seeds Association or Chairman & Managing Director, Somani Seedz

Dr. V.Ok. Gaur, Former Managing Director, National seeds Corporation Limited

Dr. Narendra Singh, Former Head, Vegetable Science, Indian Agricultural Research Institute

Dr. Arvind Nath Singh, Principal Scientist, Entomology, ICAR-Indian Institute of Seed Science, Mau

Dr. Basavarajaiah, Business Coordinator, Laxmi Inputs Pvt. Ltd

Vishal Bhatia, Business Head, Comienzo Agri Science Limited

The webinar began with Dr. Pant stressing the necessity to preserve standard seeds.  The stage was then given to Dr. Alok who gave his heat needs on International Seed Day and talked about horticulture and natural farming. He stated there may be nonetheless a scarcity of good-quality seeds in our nation. He emphasised that the standard of crops, ultimately, is a direct reflection of seed choice firstly and so it must be finished rigorously.

Talking in regards to the seed business, he stated that farmers depend upon the personal sector to get seeds nonetheless and that we want the general public sector to distribute good high quality seeds.

After Dr. Alok, Dr. Trivedi was invited to talk on the subject. He stated that for the event of the seed sector, it will be important that seeds with good potential and high quality can be found and at all times within the provide chain. 

He added that as local weather change is rising as an issue, the necessity is to make use of our indigenous styles of seeds which were conserved.

He additional added that extra use of hybridization and manipulation of seed will lead us to the purpose the place we wouldn’t have an possibility if one thing occurs to the crop. Hence, farmers want to make use of conventional seed varieties.

Up subsequent, Dr. V Ok Gaur took the stage to share his ideas. He acknowledged the significance of seed and linked it to Hindu mythology and scriptures. He talked about that by utilizing the built-in strategy, we are able to preserve seeds and considerably enhance the output. He added that the necessity of the hour is to protect pest and disease-resistant seed varieties. He warned that seed identification is a vital concern that must be addressed at its earliest.

Next, Gajanand Patel (farmer) advised the farmers use new styles of seeds to extend yields. While advising all of the farmers on the event of International Seed Day, Patel stated that we don’t must at all times depend upon others for good seeds. Farmers can produce the seeds on their very own and remedy the difficulty of unhealthy high quality seeds.

Next, Kaman Somani from Somani Seedz was invited to talk within the webinar. Somani stated that 85-90% of farmers of India are small and marginal so it’s troublesome for them to get high quality seeds. He additionally talked about that we have to inspire our farmers and that there’s an pressing want for analysis and design facilities for seed improvement. 

Dr. Narendra Singh then took the stage and stated that the problems related to seeds are well-known. Now farmers want the answer. In this regard, he advised the formation of a seed manufacturing unit as the primary resolution.

Dr. Basavarajaiah highlighted the necessity to focus extra on the dietary worth of the seeds quite than the yield which shall be in demand for upcoming generations. The webinar was concluded by Dr. Pant as he offered the vote of due to all the current friends.

First printed on: 26 Apr 2022, 05:54 IST



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