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Mandate and Mission of ICAR Seed Project

Mandate:

To ameliorate Seed Replacement Rate (SRR) and Varietal Replacement Rate (VRR) through production of adequate quantity of quality seed and to develop novel seed production technologies for improved yield and productivity.

Objectives

  • To strengthen quality seed production capabilities of various institutions by
    • Precision in seed production activities, from sowing to harvesting
    • Up gradation of  seed processing, testing and quality assurance units
    • Providing improved storage structures and packaging facilities
  • To enhance seed production of agricultural crops both in terms of quantity and quality
  • To undertake rapid multiplication of vegetatively propagated crops through tissue culture/ micro propagation.
  • To improve quality of farm-saved seed and dissemination of seed production, processing and storage technologies.
  • Expansion of the sphere of activities of quality seed production to far flung areas (eg: NEH region), so that benefits of this project will infiltrate uniformly across the country  
  • To explore alternative areas for seed production, planting windows and alternative crops for inclement climatic conditions as contingency measures
  • To undertake Human Resource Development (HRD) through training of trainers and seed producers.