RAWALPINDI -  The speakers at a seminar stressed that seed sector should be focused as an important element of agriculture policy to improve Pakistan’s productivity of crops.

The quality seed could play a major role in bridging the gaps of productivity in crops and under favorable conditions this can increase 20 to 25 percent yields per acre, they added.

They stated this while addressing seminar titled “Strengthening Informal Seed Supply System Through Participatory Technology Transfer” at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Wednesday, which was  focusing on on-farm quality seed production, processing, storage and packing for maintaining its purity, quality and viability based on scientific principles and techniques. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad was the chief guest on the occasion. He highlighted the importance of seed as one of the major inputs for better crop production and food security. He further said that quality seed production should be increased within the country and there was a dire need to develop human resource in seed technology in Pakistan.

He urged that this was the right time to introduce a unique seed certification and delivery programme which could boost the production of quality seeds and distribution to farmers according to their demand. VC informed the participants that varsity was going to establish Seed Center in different area of Potohar and would provide every crop seed to farmers. In the seminar, Dr Abdul Rauf Bhutta, Director Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department, Muhammad Tariq, Agriculture Officer, Dr Abdul Razzaq, Associate Professor, PMAS-AAUR, Naheeda Abbasi, Regional Manager PODA Dr Safdar Ali, Dean Agriculture Faculty and Dr Abdul Rasheed highlighted the importance of informal seed production of different agriculture crops, which could fulfil the increasing needs of the farming community of Potohar along with increased yields of their crops ultimately making them prosperous.

The experts appreciated the seed production and supply system of wheat and groundnut launched by Dr Abdul Razzaq, Associate Professor and his team members. Chacha Abdul Rasheed (a farmer’s representative) appreciated this programme a lot especially the establishment of seed banks both at Mulhal Mughalan and Gujjar Khan.

It may be recalled that the seminar was organised by the Department of Agronomy in collaboration with PODA (an NGO) under the financial assistance of endowment fund of UAF which was attended by University faculty, students and the farmers of Potohar area.