Keshavulu’s tenure as TSSOCA director extended
He will be in the post for 5 years
The State government has extended the tenure of K. Keshavulu as Director of Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority (TSSOCA) for a period of five years to enable him take up and complete the term as the president of International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) from 2022-25.
In addition to his post as Director of TSSOCA, Mr. Keshavulu is also holding the charge as the Managing Director of Telangana State Seed Development Corporation and is the vice-president of ISTA. He was elected to the ISTA post in June last year during the 32nd congress of the international body held here. As per the ISTA constitution he would succeed as its president automatically when the body meets in New Zealand for its 33rd congress in 2022.
The 32nd congress of ISTA was the first meet of the organisation held in Asia, first time in its 95 years history, and Mr. Keshavulu is the first Asian to be elected as its vice-president.
“It’s a great opportunity for strengthening the Indian seed industry by improving the share in international seed market, improving the efficiency of seed certification agencies, seed corporations, accreditation of seed testing labs in the country and to improve global networking of seed companies through Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), International Seed Federation (ISF), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in seed production, quality control and marketing globally,” Agriculture Secretary B. Janardhan Reddy said in the orders extending the tenure of Mr. Keshavulu.
Mr. Keshavulu was the principal scientist in the seed science wing of Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University before he was made the first Director of TSSOCA five years ago.
Source : thehindu