The management of Sindh Agriculture University and other stakeholders including Department of Agriculture, Nuclear Institute of Agriculture (NIA), progressive farmers and the private sector have agreed to form “Sindh Agriculture Board” to deal with the shortage of certified seeds and other related issues in Sindh province.
The stakeholders termed the uncertified seeds coming from other areas including Punjab as harmful for the agriculture of Sindh and suggested activating Sindh Seed Corporation.
In this connection, an awareness seminar was organized on Friday by the Seed Production and Development Center (SPDC) of Sindh Agriculture University on the topic of preparation and propagation of seeds of different varieties of wheat.
The Vice Chancellor Sindh Agriculture University Dr. Fateh Marri while addressing the participants said that the shortage of certified seeds was a major problem for farmers across the country, including Sindh, due to which the targets of agricultural development are still not achieved.
He said that economic growth of the country, food security, development of agro-industry including dairy and export of by-products would be possible only when research will carry out on certified seeds of crops, fruits, vegetables, and when we preserve the high purebreds of our livestock indigenous breeds.
The Sindh Secretary Agriculture Supply and Prices Qazi Aijaz Mahesar said that more attention needs to be paid to agriculture; the basis of entire agriculture depends on pure seeds. He said that he could not understand why Sindh Seed Corporation could not give the desired results.