dentifying seeds as a key factor in ensuring sustainability for farmers, Punjab State Seed Corporation Limited will use the advance technology for seed production to let the farmers trace the origin of the seeds they buy. Using technologies such as barcode and QR code, the software solution will allow the farmers to cross-check whether they are buying the seed that intend to.
Punjab has a problem with spurious and low-quality seeds that can cause extensive damage to farmers- the only solution is seed traceability.
Seed traceability is mainly aimed to help farmers during their purchase of seeds, helping them identify the seed’s origin such as from where the seed has arrived or produced. The software system will be able to track seeds through the testing, certification and manufacturing process. By connecting to a dealer licensing system, seeds will be tracked through the distribution process as well, which will help to weed out poor quality seeds sold by some fly-by-night operators.
Punjab has always faced problems with low-quality seeds which causes loss to farmers and ultimately the economy. Many incidents have taken place in the past due to this which have caused extensive damage to crops and have destroyed the livelihood of many farmers.
TRACEABILITY A KEY TO TAKE ADVANTAGES OF OPPORTUNITIES
Adopting traceability is not a choice. It’s a question of how do we do this in the best way possible, and how do we take advantage of the opportunities that are emerging. New technologies have opened the window to greater insight into our seed production chain, which can play a role in supporting farmers to achieve greater efficiencies and improved livelihoods. Our block chain system makes it possible to quickly trace of seed to their source for enhanced its authenticity and safety.
As Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Limited has already introduced seed traceability technology in Potato seed production, which comes with extremely successful outcomes. PUNSEED will also produce appox. 1.50 lakh quintal seed in 10,000 acres of fodder crops seed, oil crops seed along with cereals crops seed by using the technology of seed Traceability from coming season.
The entire certification process will be managed through software and the certifying authority would do the due certification through the software only so that the entire transparency is maintained and there is no additional leg work burden on the farmer. PUNSEED also exploring the possibilities of contract farming in other states for fodder seed production to provide genuine seed to the state at reason price.
Punjab Agri Export Corporation Ltd has already started traceability of seed potato and the same will be replicated in PUNSEED for all kinds of seed production. This would a first of kind initiative by any state seed corporation in the country for providing quality Agri input services to the farmer leveraging technology. This will also help Punjab become the seed capital adhering to best global Agri practices (GAP).