12th National Seed Congress at agri varsity

  • | Monday | 11th December, 2023

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: Starting Monday, the city will host a three-day 12th National Seed Congress. Over 300 agricultural scientists, field experts, and top government officials will be taking part.Hosted by the Parbhani-based Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Agricultural University, the event will witness discussions themed on innovation and challenges in quality seed availability under the changing climate. University Vice Chancellor Indra Mani said, The principle of 3As—Availability, Access, and Affordability—needs to be followed in the seed sector while providing quality seeds for the farming community. The National Seed Congress will focus on this goal in light of emerging trends and new challengers. Millet cultivation will be one of the subjects of discussion during the event. Such a cultivation can ensure health benefits to the population, Mani said.We also published the following articles recentlyFarmers seek relief for supplying poor quality paddy seedFarmers in Trichy demand compensation for loss due to alleged inferior quality of samba paddy seeds sold by private agency; farmers meet district collector to seek assistance; joint director of agriculture instructs officials to investigate and take action against the agency if necessary.Himachal Pradesh: Hope grows with sowing of seeds in failed forest areasThe Dalhousie Forest Division (DFD) has started a seven-day Seed Dibbling Week to replant the failed forest area destroyed by fire or other natural calamities. The initiative involves the participation of the community, school children, and various departments to dibble 259 kg seeds of thirty species in over 482 hectares. The species include Khirak, Dhaman, Ritha, Dadu, Kainth, and others. The campaign aims to raise awareness and foster a sense of belongingness towards the forest and wildlife. The seed dibbling will conclude on December 10.Space regulator IN-SPACe launches seed fund scheme for startups to promote space-techIndias space regulator, IN-SPACe, has launched a seed fund scheme to promote space technology. The scheme offers financial assistance, mentorship support, and training to space startups aiming to develop innovative products and services. The fund will support projects using space technology to address challenges in the sector, with a focus on urban development. Startups can receive up to Rs 1 crore in grant funding, disbursed in multiple installments based on project progress. The startups will retain ownership of the intellectual property rights (IPR) generated under the program.

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