TNAU Seed Centre :: Introduction
Milestones of Department of Seed Science and Technology
The Department of Seed Technology, first of its kind in India, was established in the year 1972 in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. Owing to its active involvement in basic and applied research in seed science, it was renamed as Department of Seed Science and Technology in the year 1998. Totally, 48 seed scientists working in colleges and research stations of TNAU throughout Tamil Nadu are involved in education, research, seed production and extension activities. Sixteen of our scientistshave been trained in International Institutes at USA, China, Sweden, Denmark, UK, Canada, Britain, Philippines and Israel.
From the inception, the department has been actively involved in research encompassing seed production, processing, testing, storage, seed health and seed enhancement techniques in agricultural, horticultural, forage and sylvicultual crops. Research projects funded by National, International and Private Organizations are being handled at this department. Training programme are being organized for the scientists of various SAUs and ICAR Institutes, Officials of Dept. of Agriculture, Seed producers and Farmers.
Establishment of Seed Centre
Despite the best efforts of the scientists, many improved varieties/ hybrids have not reached their final destination to farmer's fields. The major bottleneck for spread of these varieties / hybrids is non availability of quality seeds. Hence, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore has taken a major initiative to expand exponentially the seed activities to reach the farmers of the State.
Moreover, the first meeting of ICAR - Mega Project on seed production in agricultural crops and fisheries held at New Delhi on 27-28 June, 2006 insisted on adoption of a single window system for seed programme with a senior level scientist nominated as Special Officer (Seeds) under the direct control of Vice - Chancellor. Based on this guideline, The SEED CENTRE was established on 27.10.2006 in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.
* To reach the farmers of all the districts of Tamil Nadu with quality seeds of improved varieties/ hybrids
Mandate of Seed Centre
Seed Quality Assurance
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