Seed Production and Marketing (2014)

Training program on ‘Contemporary Approaches to Seed Production and Marketing’ 8-12th December, 2014

CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE (CSA) and Naisarghik Sheti Beej Producer Company Limited is pleased to announced a Training Programme on Contemporary Approaches in Seed Production and Marketing to be held at Wardha, Maharastra from 8th to 12th December, 2014.

Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) is a professional resource organization engaged in establishing models of sustainable agriculture. CSA is operational in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Maharashtra and also engages with other NGOs & CBOs for up scaling Sustainable models of Agriculture production. The main areas of CSA work are Developing and Creating farmers’ institutions, Policy Advocacy, Sustainable Production, Marketing of Organic Agro-produces and Seeds, Creating resource persons for Sustainable Production and Engage with media for knowledge dissemination.

NAISARGIK SHETI BEEJ PRODUCER COMPANY LIMITED (NSBPC Ltd) is a farmer owned Seed Producer Company. It has a seed processing plant located at Wardha district of Maharashtra. The Company is engaged in seed production, processing and marketing of organic seeds.

Seed is an essential input for crop production. Access of farmers to affordable quality seed of superior varieties is key in increasing agricultural production and productivity. Supporting the development of a vibrant and diverse seed sector can significantly contribute to increasing food security and economic development in India. If you strive to broaden experience and strengthen your competencies, this course is an interesting opportunity.

The overall objective of the training programme is to enhance participants’ capabilities to translate the integrated seed concept towards strategies for making seed programme coherent with farmers’ practices. Participants will learn to facilitate interactions between formal and informal seed systems, and to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the seed sector.

Module 1: Concepts and Practices of Informal and Formal Seed Systems

  • Importance of seed in sustainable agriculture.
  • Importance of informal seed system.
  • Establishing community seed banks
  • Seed production practices in self-pollinated and cross pollinated crops
  • Hybrid cotton seed production
  • Regulatory requirements for formal seed system.
  • Open Source Seed System (OSSS)
  • Participatory approaches of seed management
  • Documentation on Value for Cultivation and Use (VCU).
  • Different methods of seed treatment

Module 2: Seed business study tour

  • Visit to seed Producer Company and seed processing Unit
  • Interaction with seed farmers and marketing cader
  • Visit to hybrid cotton seed production plots
  • Method demonstration on roughing, emasculation and crossing techniques

Module 3: Action plan

Developing an action plan on seed production; Specific to the crops and geographical area of the participants. This session will helps to participants integrate all course and topics and link it back to their own work.

Seats/No of Participants: 30

Medium: The entire course would be in English.

Participant: The course is designed for development professionals working to promote ecological farming/ organic farming/sustainable agriculture. Persons that need technical exposure in the organizations working in agriculture field can apply.

Course fee:  Rs. 10,000 per participants (Food, Accommodation, resource material and Field visit to seed production plots and seed processing units)