Hyderabad : Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) Vice Chancellor Dr. V. Praveen Rao on Monday announced that a Seed Mela would be held on 24th May at the university premises in Rajedranagar.
Speaking to media persons, Praveen Rao informed that about 15 seed stalls of local research institutes of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) such as Indian Institute of Oil Seed Research(IIOR), Indian Institute of Rice Research(IIRR), Indian Institute of Millet Research(IIMR) etc.,
would participate in the Seed Mela along with PJTSAU and Telangana State Seed Development Corporation(TSSDC) and Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Agency (TSSOCA). Agricultural Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy will inaugurate the Seed Mela.
This is the first time to organize such a large scale conglomeration of State Government Agencies, Agricultural University and ICAR institutes to come under one umbrella, said the VC.
The main aim to organize the Mega Seed Mela under one roof is to provide quality seed on right time to the farmers and to enhance the production and productivity of the various crops grown in Telangana State.
In this Seed Mela about 900quintals of paddy seed, 200 to 300 quintals of Maize, Sorghum, Pulses, Fodder seed and about 400 quintals of oil seeds are made available to sale to the farmers in this Mela.
The university has also made available the package of practices and management practices about various crops were also provided to the farmers in addition to the quality seed.
Further, Vice chancellor said that, on the same day a Seed Mela cum sales of seeds will be organized in all the three Regional Agricultural Research Stations (RARS) of Northern Telangana Zone at Jagitial, Central Telangana Zone at Warangal and Southern Telangana Zone at Palem of Nagarkurnool district.
Along with major crop seeds fodder seed and green manure seeds were also put on sale said the VC. Dr. Rao says that, This effort is part of the doubling of farmers income by providing quality seed and best management practices to reduce the crop failures. (INN)