The departments of Agriculture, Seed certification and Organic certification have readied 483 tonnes of certified paddy seeds to be distributed to the farmers during this season as the popular “Anna (R) 4”, the drought-resistant paddy variety, is all set for receiving the certified seed tag.
As quality seed played a vital role in sustained growth and development of agriculture sectors, the departments procured seeds of different varieties of paddy from the registered seed farms and provided ‘certified seed tags’ after subjecting the seeds to strict quality processing at the three seed processing units in the district.
During 2014-15, the department has grown the paddy, millets and pulses seeds on 558.40 hectares of registered seed farms in the district and made ready 483 tonnes of paddy seeds, 3 tonnes of millets and 14 tonnes of pulses after processing them in the centres, Assistant Director, Seed certification S.S. Shaiek Abdullah said.
Demonstrating the seed certification and tagging process at the seed processing centre at Thiru Uthirakosamangai near here on Tuesday, he said the centre had processed and tagged 315 tonnes of certified paddy seeds during this season. Assistant Director of Agriculture (Thirupullani region) B. Kumaravadivel was present at the centre.
Paddy was cultivated on 1.20 lakh hectares in the district and the department would meet 17 per cent of the farmers’ demand for certified seeds by making available 483 tonnes, Joint Director of Agriculture N.V. Krishnamurthy said. Private dealers and cooperative societies supplied the balance quantity, he said. “We propose to establish seed farms on 748 hectares for paddy, millets and pulses and procure 2,270 tonnes of paddy during 2015-16”, he said. The certified seeds would help the farmers to increase the yield by 15 to 20 per cent, he added.
Mr. Abdullah said the department had procured 1.75 tonnes of foundation seed of “Anna (R) 4 variety”, marking its linking in the ‘seed chain’.
The variety would be grown on 40 hectares of registered farms this season, he said, adding “We propose to procure about 100 tonnes for processing and giving seed certification tag”.
The variety, developed by the Paramakudi-based Agriculture Research Station in 2010, crossed the crucial phases to be raised as breeder seed and foundation seed, he said. The short duration variety was already popular among the farmers and well received in the market.