Orientation training prog for seed inspectors in Dimapur

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/23/2021 1:40:12 PM IST

Department of agriculture organised a state level training programme for seed inspectors at directorate of agriculture, Kohima on March 19.

A press release by department of agriculture stated that while speaking at the training programme, director of agriculture, M Ben Yanthan stated that the agriculture sector was highly dependent on availability of quality seeds for a productive harvest.
He said that seeds were the most critical input for sustainable agriculture and in India, seed programme adhered to the limited generation’s system for seed multiplication in a phased manner.
Yanthan also said that the system recognised three generations: breeder; foundation and certified seeds. He said that most of the high yielding crop varieties that show promising results in mainland India were not suitable in the hilly areas of the state due to climatic factors except few pockets in the foothills covered with new varieties under the NFSM programme initiatives.
He added that this was the reason why seed replacement rate and varietal replacement rate was low. However, he shared that Nagas were fortunate as the state had many climate resilient landraces traditional varieties of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, root crops and spices.
He said that State Agricultural Research Station (SARS) Yisemyong has been preserving the rich bio-diversity germplasms of paddy at gene bank under NAFCC to sustain the agriculture production system.
The SARS gene bank has a collection of 250 numbers of local cultivars which is regarded as an asset of the state’s biodiversity.
Yanthan also further added that the orientation programme for seed inspectors would learn the detail aspects of the role of their duties and would continue to work with better knowledge serving the department and farmer’s welfare.
Meanwhile, resources person, head of department (agronomy) SASRD NU, professor L Tongpang Longkumer trained the participants on topics of power of seed inspectors, procedures to be followed by seed inspectors under seed Act, 1966 and seed rules, 1968.
The programme was chaired by deputy director, Khriesezolie Kire.

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