Note for PIB on “Strategies to strengthen seed export sector”

December 15, 2021 Gubba Seed In E News

To boost the agriculture exports and to increase the Farmer’s income by empowering farmers, APEDA in collaboration with National Seed Association of India (NSAI) and Federation of Seed industry of India (FSII) have organized first brainstorming session on “Strategy to strengthen seed export sector” wherein cooperatives, seed exporters, and Government official’s deliberated in length to work out the export strategies for seeds.
At the outset, chairman APEDA welcome all the Seed industry stakeholders and briefed about the importance of the Seed industry in agri supply chain and exports. He highlighted the importance of organized seed industry for transformation of export oriented agri supply chain and emphasized for strengthening the seed sector, enhancing the skill and developing the seed infrastructure for quality production of seed for exports and to the farmers. Chairman APEDA has appraised about well defined protocol with respect to global export market and quality seed testing laboratories the important part for boosting the Indian seed export in the world market.
The representatives from the both association namely NSAI and FSII have highlighted the seed export scenario, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Challenges in seed sector. The executive director- NSAI gave brief inside about the seed industry status in India as well as global, Indian and world seed market, seed export potential crop wise as well as country wise, requirement of seed industry for boosting the seed sector and export potential. In view of emerging opportunities and the strength of Indian seed sector, time is ripe to promote seed export globally and to exhibit India’s potential in Seed production as a global leader. It is revealed that North East India, hilly states and eastern part of India has a tremendous potential for production of organic seed because of negligible use of inorganic chemicals. The current contribution of India to the global seed market is around 1%, which could easily be enhanced to 5% in the next one decade by providing a long-term export policy by addressing the seed sector issues.
The president, NSAI gave his view on this topic, and appreciates APEDA for taking lead in this direction. He emphasized that our Seed testing protocols should be harmonized for both private and public seed sector at national level to achieve the target and to conceptualized the vision of honorable Prime Minister for Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Farmers. Harmonization of seed policy is also a big hinge for seed sector. To achieve this, an enabling policy environment is required to be created through a single-window system of clearance of export related proposals on import of germplasm from international market for multiplication in India and further distribution to the farmers and exports.
The president, FSII suggested that there should be alignment with Global seed system. The well-defined seed testing protocols would help in promoting a forward looking, long-term seed export policy. He emphasized that current opportunity during an era of globalization should not be missed out by India. We may tap seed export potential due to diversified climate of India.
Executive Director- FSII in his presentation mentioned that Protection of variety is an important component and it requires due attention at Government level. He stated that India should adopt digitalization and e-phyto sanitation certification system for ease of seed exports. There is need to streamline the guidelines for international movement of seeds to promote exports, including developing the framework for implementation of IPPC Standard in India.
Assistant Director NSAI mentioned that seed quality testing cost is very high in India and required skilled technician. We can start skill promotion activity under the SKILL India drive of GoI. Dedicated port are required with all seed quality testing facilities.
After receiving views from the industry, chairman APEDA suggested to form Seed Export Forum (SEF) to address the issue in integrated mode. APEDA agreed to create to set up quality seed laboratory on PAN India basis and identify International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) accredited public and private sector Seed testing laboratories as a referral laboratory for matching up the international seed quality testing standards and regulations. Chairman APEDA has requested Director, Indian Institute of Seed Science, (IISS) Mau, U.P to work out a plan for the referral laboratories for testing of seed across the India. It has been decided to create Small Interest Groups (SIG) crops wise to study the global market, export potential and risk analysis. To boost export from cooperative sector it has been decided that APEDA will do handholding of KRIBHCO, and IFFCO for seed exports. A small group will also form to take care of importing planting material. Brand promotion will be done but simultaneously we will also generate the Seed export Corpus fund as APEDA has done for Basmati rice for R&D activities. Consensus has been worked out to set up special economic zone for seed production and processing at suitable place.

Source: Deepanker Pandey – [email protected]

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