|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Oct 22: A five day long national training programme on "Quality Seed Production Technology of Cereal Crops" was inaugurated by Prof PK Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST Jammu. The training programme is jointly organized by National Seed Research & Testing Centre (NSR&TC), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, GOI, Varanasi (UP) and ICAR-Mega Seed Project, SKUAST-Jammu at University Campus, Chatha.
Prof Pradeep K Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-J in his key note address highlighted the important role of soil, water and quality seed for sustainable development. He said good quality seed is perquisite for farmer's welfare. Prof Sharma said that maintaining the genetical purity and vigour of the seed is a big challenge. He said, climate change is also affecting the seed vigour as well as quality and its the duty of plant breeder to develop new varieties which can sustain under the changing climatic conditions.
Dr J P Sharma, Director Research, SKUAST-Jammu informed that the training was conceived to cater to the needs of the concerned resource persons and stake holders in Seed Production. In The first lecture of the training programme Dr J P Sharma delivered a lecture on "Varietal Deterioration in the Cereal Crops".