26th August, 2017, Jodhpur
A Review and Planning Meeting of DAC funded project“Creation of Seed Hubs for Production of quality Seed of Indigenous Pulse Crops” has been organised at ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, CAZRI Campus, Jodhpur today.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur presented the status, target and achievements of 16 Seed Hubs created in KVKs of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana. He emphasised the genesis of seed hub project in respect to Kharif, Rabi and Summer pulse crops and to complete the seed certification process so that the TFL certified seed can be provided to farmers which is the first and foremost requirement and the procurement and sale of seeds from partner farmers could be possible in an effective manner.
Dr. O. P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur described the importance of the project and the final result will provide improved genetics to farmers. He mentioned that the pulse seed production is easier in comparison to other crops he added.
Dr. N. P. Singh, Director, ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur said the country could achieve a record production of pulses due to upscaling of technology. He briefed the importance of pulse in respect to nutritional security for vegetarians and sustainability for agriculture in respect to biological nitrogen fixation. He assured that with the efforts of KVKs, India can be self-sufficient in respect to production of pulses and India can transform itself from importer of pulses to exporter of pulses.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur)