Shri Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the function of Indian Seed Congress – 2017, in Kolkata today. The theme of the Indian Seed Congress is “Seed of Joy” which is very much in line with vision of this government to bring happiness and prosperity in the lives of farmers by doubling their farm income by 2022.
Indian Seed Congress | About the initiatives of Government
- The availability of certified / quality seeds in the country has increased from less than 40 lakh quintal during decade of 60 to 370 lakh quintal in 2015-16.
- The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare has asked the State Governments to prepare variety wise seed rolling plants to meet year wise, season wise requirements of quality seeds. This seed rolling plant will fulfil the double purpose of improving the Seed replacement rate along with Variety replacement rate so that sustainable agricultural production and productivity could be ensured.
Indian Seed Congress | Highlights of the event
- Agriculture Minister said that Indian Seed Market is growing fast and during the recent past, hybrid seed market of vegetables and cereals has shown remarkable growth.
- Indian Seed Industry can emerge as a prominent industry for supplying seeds in international markets.
- India has great potentiality to produce hybrid seeds especially costly vegetable seeds on cheap rates as compared to the seeds of the other countries.
- Apart from vegetables, the hybrid seeds of maize, paddy, pearl millet and cotton may be exported to SEI and African countries in magnitude.
- The opportunities of employment have been created for the skilled men and women and the girls in the field of agriware housing, cold chain, supply chain, dairy, poultry, meat, fisheries, horticulture, agriculture mechanization as well as micro irrigation. Skill India Mission is being implemented for imparting opportunities as well as skills to the rural youth in rural areas.
Indian Seed Congress | Seven point programme to double farmers’ income by 2022
- Big focus on irrigation with large budgets, with the aim of “per drop-more crop”.
- Provision of quality seeds and nutrients based on soil health of each field.
- Large investments in warehousing and cold chains to prevent post-harvest crop losses.
- Promotion of value addition through food processing.
- Creation of a national farm market, removing distortions and e-platform across 585 stations.
- Introduction of a new crop insurance scheme to mitigate risks at affordable cost.
- Promotion of ancillary activities like poultry, beekeeping and fisheries.