Govt will soon launch Seed Traceability System for good quality seeds: NS Tomar

Union Agriculture Minister addresses the Indian Seed Congress of National Seed Association

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New Delhi: Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the interest of farmers is paramount for the Government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. “In this direction, to ensure the availability of good quality seeds to our farmers, the Modi Government will soon launch the Seed Traceability System. This will curb the pilferage in the seed trade sector,” Tomar said this as the chief guest during the two-day Indian Seed Congress organized by the National Seed Association of India in New Delhi.
Tomar said that suggestions have been taken from the concerned parties on the Seed Traceability System. Farmers will benefit with its launch, as well as all it will help the people doing good work in the seeds sector and ensure that the seed sector works properly. Whatever obstacles come in the way of smooth functioning of the seeds sector, the government is very serious in this regard. He said that this is the first ever government which has abolished the obsolete laws which had become irrelevant in the 75 years of India’s Independence.
The Union Minister said that India has taken rapid steps through ‘Make in India’, while the PM Gati Shakti program is going to strengthen the foundation of a developed India in the coming times. It is the responsibility of all of us who are working in the field of agriculture to be ready to meet the expected needs of the country and the world, keeping in mind the increasing population by the year 2050, as well as facing the challenges of climate change and bringing the country to the leading position while solving problems, this should also be included in our roadmap.
Appreciating the contribution of the seed sector in the continuous progress of the agriculture sector, Tomar said that the Seed is the Nature, the development of the Seed leads to the development of the Nature. Irrespective of the field, the seed is important, the quality of the seed is definitely of utmost importance for any field. In the field of agriculture, the quality of seeds, its development, increasing numerically; its use by the farmers and human consumption is a long journey, the people who are participants in this journey are doing their business but at the same time, their responsibility towards mankind is also very important, which should be assumed seriously by all.
Tomar also appreciated the contribution of scientists of all the institutes affiliated to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in developing climate friendly and biofortified varieties as well as other superior varieties of seeds.
On this occasion, Tomar unveiled the ‘Seeds for Global Unity’ Wall. The office bearers of the association, – M. Prabhakar Rao, Dinesh Patel, Vaibhav Kashikar, Dr. B.B. Patnaik & R.K. Trivedi were also present.