Quality seed to boost agriculture production

STAFF REPORT RWP: The speakers at a seminar stressed that the seed sector should be focused as an important element of agriculture policy to improve Pakistans productivity of crops.

The quality seed could play a major role in bridging the gaps of productivity in crops and under favorable conditions this can increase 20 to 25 percent yields per acre, they said this while speaking at a seminar titled “Strengthening Informal Seed Supply System Through Participatory Technology Transfer” at the PMAS-AAUR.

The event focused on on-farm quality seed production, processing, storage and packing for maintaining its purity, quality and viability based on scientific principles and techniques.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad, who was the chief guest, highlighted the importance of seed as one of the major inputs for better crop production and food security. He further said that quality seed production should be increased within the country and there was a dire need to develop human resource in seed technology in Pakistan.

On the occasion, Dr Abdul Rauf Bhutta, Director Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department, and other experts also highlighted the importance of informal seed production of different agriculture crops, which could fulfil the increasing needs of the farming community of Potohar along with increased yields of their crops ultimately making them prosperous.

The experts appreciated the seed production and supply system of wheat and groundnut launched by Dr Abdul Razzaq, Associate Professor and his team members.

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