Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: The Government of India has sanctioned a new programme called the "Seed Village Scheme" for the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. This programme is aimed at upgrading the quality of farmers' saved seeds, according to a TNAU release.

Despite the implementation of the organized seed programmes, seed replacement rate (SSR) had only reached a 15 per cent level. As a result, 85 per cent of the seeds used were farm saved.

To improve the stock of farm saved seeds to enhance crop productivity, seed production, seed distribution and other related aspects had to be improved and strengthened at the farmers' level.

Under the new scheme, TNAU had received funds to supply university-labelled seeds of paddy, maize, black gram and gingelly varieties to the farmers at 50 per cent subsidy and also to impart seed production training for about 22,000 farmers.

The training would be given on seed production technologies in the three stages of sowing, flowering and harvesting.

The scheme would be implemented through 13 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) and two Agricultural Research Stations (ARS) of TNAU.