State official visits NSCL in New Delhi

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/26/2020 11:56:37 AM IST

As a follow-up of the meeting between the agriculture production commissioner (APC) Y. Kikheto Sema and country director of IFAD, Rasha Omar at New Delhi on November 25, they met the chairman-cum-managing director, National Seeds Corporation Ltd (NSCL), Vinod Kumar Gaur at Beej Bhawan, Pusa Complex, New Delhi on November 26.

A press release by OSD planning and coordination, Nagaland House, Delhi, Thomas Thailu stated that, they interacted with the chairman, officials and scientists who highlighted about variety of seeds and quality available at the Corporation, which were not only cheap but among the best in the country. Corporation’s chairman informed that states like Karnataka J&K and Odisha have signed MoU with the Corporation highlighting their requirement of seeds during the next few years. Chairman also highlighted other activities of the Corporation.
During the interaction, Kikheto appreciated the yeoman services rendered by the Corporation and said most of the hilly states particularly Nagaland has its own indigenous seeds preserved by the respective tribes according to the climate and topographic locations. He informed that women have been the best seed keepers/preservers in Nagaland but the practice has been gradually vanishing owing to import of seeds from outside the state and also due to the reduced practice of farming activities. 
APC informed that, in order to preserve indigenous seeds which were 100% organic, he wanted to enquire if any seed bank could be set up in Nagaland. Vinod Gaur responded that setting up individual seed bank in a single state or even the entire NE states was not feasible and viable since the Corporation alone cannot do it and has to be outsourced. Gaur, however, said if Nagaland asked the Corporation to preserve and develop seeds for the state then it could work out accordingly. APC replied that since preservation of indigenous seeds was of utmost importance, he would discuss with the officers and identify which seeds to preserve. 
As far as Fostering Climate Resilient Upland Farming Systems (FOCUS) Project under International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) was concerned, both the country director and APC talked about possibility of signing MoU with the Corporation and to buy directly from it to get better quality which will in turn help the farmers. They agreed in principle to buy seeds from the Corporation for the next kharif season for Nagaland. Both the parties agreed to work together in future towards the cause of the farmers especially in seed preservation. 
The Corporation also took the visiting officials for laboratory and seed packing inspection and presented power point presentation.


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