Dawn Punjab Bureau / S.A.S Nagar: To highlight the role of seed technology in food security, a webinar on “Importance of Seed Industry in Food Security ” was organized by the Department of Agriculture, Aryans Group of Colleges, Rajpura Near Chandigarh. Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Agriculture Expert & Customer Marketing Manager, Bayer Crop Science addressed Aryans Agriculture students including B.Sc. Hons. & Diploma Agriculture. Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group presided over the Webinar
Kumar while interacting said that agriculture is the backbone of the rural economy. Agriculture in India has made significant growth and we are on the path of a second green revolution through modern agricultural technology. For sustainable agriculture, good quality seed is the most basic and essential input. Agriculture in India is backed by a strong seed improvement program involving both the public and private sectors and is well recognized internationally, explained Kumar.
He further added that seeds play a fundamental role in meeting the triple challenge of improving food security and nutrition, supporting the livelihoods of farmers and rural communities, and contributing to sustainable resource use and climate change adaptation and mitigation. The seed sector directly influences three dimensions of food security and nutrition: food availability, access, and stability, he told.
While answering students’ questions he explained that The seed sector contributes to food security and nutrition through productivity growth, improved resilience, and quality improvement, allowing greater availability of nutritious food at lower prices. A greater percentage of improvement in agricultural production has come from the use of improved seeds, but seeds of new varieties must be made available to the farmers in adequate quantity and quality and at affordable prices, and on time, stressed Kumar.