Seed producers advised to form cooperative

Seed producers advised to form cooperative

To ensure remunerative prices akin to farmers in Germany Project Leader of Indo-German Cooperation on Seed Development Ekkehard Schroder has advised the farmers producing seed in India to form into small cooperative groups for getting remunerative prices as farmers in Germany are benefiting with similar practice. In a meeting on the Indo-German seed project with the officials of Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority, TS Seed Development Corporation, Prof. Jayashankar TS Agricultural University, representatives of seed companies and farmers (seed producers) he reviewed the progress of the project. Farmers from Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad and Mahabubnagar districts attended.

When the German officials enquired with the farmers as to what they would require to benefit further, several farmers said they need training on best practices in seed production, although they were being provided information in the form of brochures as part of the project. Director of TSSOCA K. Keshavulu requested higher cooperation from Germany in seed production since Telangana was the seed bowl of India producing about 70% of paddy seed and 30% of cotton seed required for the country. Indo-German project coordinator S. Saumya also spoke.

Source : thehindu

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