Stressing on the need for seed replacement each season to maintain the vigour and productivity levels per unit area of not only cereal crops but also pulses and oilseeds, vegetables and others, the state Deputy
Director of Agriculture, Mr Tadeo Rodrigues has disclosed that in order to address the difficulty faced by farmers due to paper work, a ‘Krishi Card’ scheme will soon be launched in the state.
Mr Rodrigues was speaking at the three-day training programme on ‘Entrepreneurship in seed, planting material and livestock production’ that was held at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (ICAR) from March 21 in which 75 stakeholders participated to get the necessary technical expertise in scientific production of seed stock to run farming in a business mode.
Earlier, after inaugurating the function, Mr Balaji, project coordinator of Goa Science Centre, Miramar highlighted the constructive work being carried out by Krishi Vigyan Kendra which has been a partner in the celebration of ‘National Science Day’ under ‘Science Fiesta’ being celebrated every year between February 25-28 at the centre. He appealed to the participants to take full advantage of the expertise and skills being practically provided during the three-day programme to produce highest quality planting material and seed stock to meet the growing food production
Dr B L Manjunath, the principal scientist in Agronomy, in his introductory remarks, gave an overview of the Mega Seed Project and highlighted the importance of quality seeds and the need to have an effective participatory seed production programme. He mentioned that this was a national-level programme to impart technical skills and entrepreneurship qualities to the interested stakeholders so that quality seed, planting material as well as livestock species are produced at the farmers level under the quality supervision of ICAR/KVK and the stakeholders get a better bargain to run the enterprise as a business venture.
At the outset, Dr Raj Narayan, programme coordinator of KVK, welcomed the dignitaries as well as participants and briefly mentioned the role of KVK in transferring the most relevant technology in seed production. He also disclosed that there is science behind any successful enterprise. He appealed to the participants to take full advantage of the infrastructure developed at centre and interact with resource persons to know all the practical skills in field of their interest.
Mr H R Prabhudesai, a specialist in Agronomy, compered the function and also proposed the vote of thanks. During the technical sessions, 10 lectures and field demonstrations were held with active participation from the audience. The participants were also taken to various trials/demonstration units to give them hands-on experience of seed and planting material/livestock production. [NT]