India can emerge as global seed hub, Minister Parshottam Rupala tells tech congress

India has the potential to emerge as a global seed hub, said Union Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala, exhorting the seed sector to take advantage of the market opportunity to boost exports.

 

Speaking at the inaugural of Seed World 2019, the world seed trade and technology congress, in Bengaluru on Wednesday, Rupala said the government is keen to boost farm sector exports and develop the seed sector.

 

Seed exports

He called upon the industry to come out with suggestions that could help develop the seed sector and to increase exports. The demand for organic products is on the rise globally and only India has the potential to tap such a demand, he said.

 

Rupala said the government is keen on introducing the Seeds Bill, to regulate the sector in the next session of Parliament. He called upon the industry to help address the issue of fake seeds and create awareness about certified seeds among the farming community.