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India's Quality Seed Revolution: A Cooperative Triumph.



  Oct 30, 2023

India's Leap in Quality Seed Production: A Cooperative Approach



Introduction

Home Minister Amit Shah recently announced that India is taking substantial steps to improve crop production through quality seeds.
To set a global benchmark in this arena, a new cooperative society, Bharatiya Beej Sahakari Samiti Limited (BBSSL),
has been established. The primary aim is to provide farmers across the nation with certified and scientifically prepared seeds.

Collaboration Among Key Players

Multiple prominent organizations such as:
Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd (IFFCO)
Krishak Bharati Cooperative Ltd (KRIBHCO)
National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED)
National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)
National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC)
have joined hands to promote BBSSL, reflecting the cooperative spirit of the initiative.

Goals and Priorities

Boost Domestic Production: Elevate the quality and volume of domestic seed production.
Export Opportunities: Position India as a global leader in certified seed exports.
Seed Conservation: Safeguard traditional Indian seeds for future generations.
Promotion and Research: Advance seed-related research and development.
Farmer Welfare: Enhance farmer productivity by offering quality seeds.

Importance of Certified Seeds

The minister emphasized the critical role of certified seeds in increasing the country's food grain production. Lack of access to quality seeds would adversely affect agricultural output.

Long-term Impact

BBSSL is envisioned to make a significant contribution in making India self-reliant in the fields of seed conservation, promotion, and research. It marks a new chapter in cooperative movement, farmer welfare, and food production in the country.

Conclusion

The establishment of BBSSL serves as an essential step towards achieving self-reliance in seed production and enhancing agricultural productivity.
The cooperative model aims to bring together key stakeholders to drive this significant change.


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