To boost the supply of quality seeds and bridge the seed demand-supply gap for pulses and oilseeds in Odisha, India, the Odisha State Seeds Corporation Limited, the State Directorate of Agriculture and Food Production and ICRISAT have joined hands.

The objective of the four-year partnership is to meet the State’s requirement of quality seeds of chickpea, pigeonpea and groundnut. The partners will collaboratively work on:

  • Promotion of improved chickpea varieties in rice-based cropping systems of smallholder farmers of Odisha.
  • Introduction and expansion of improved pigeonpea production technology in rainfed upland ecosystems of Odisha – Phase 2.
  • Scaling-up of improved groundnut varieties through established seed system in various cropping systems of smallholder farmers in Odisha.

“Supply of quality seed plays a vital role in improving the economy of a predominantly agrarian state like Odisha where 70 percent of the people depend on agriculture,” said Mr Pradeep Maharathy, Minister, Agriculture, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development, Government of Odisha at the MoU signing. He added that the agreement aims to bridge the current demand-supply gap for seeds of pulses and oilseeds in Odisha. The signing was followed by the inauguration of the Odisha Seeds Portal by the Minister.

Odissa-mapThe three projects have been sanctioned through the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana sub-scheme which focuses on seed production and delivery system and improved production technology.

Achievements of Phase I of ‘Introduction and Expansion of Improved Pigeonpea (Arhar) Production Technology in Rainfed Upland Ecosystems of Odisha’

  • Total 315 sites of farmer preferred varietal selection trials (FPVST) established.
  • Farmer preferred varieties covered 21,714 ha benefitting 38,011 smallholder farmers including 3,520 women farmers.
  • Introduced 14 cultivars of high-yielding disease resistant varieties and hybrids. Among this, hybrid ICPH 3762 released as ‘Parbati’ in 2015 is the first pigeonpea hybrid released in the State.
  • Strengthening and institutionalizing the informal seed production system in the districts of Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir and Rayagada. Total 1,941 tons of seeds of various classes of farmer preferred varieties and hybrids were produced covering 4,080 hectares benefitting 5,343 smallholder farmers including 256 women farmers.
  • Provided nine dal mills to NGOs and SHGs and constructed two 25 MT warehouses in Rayagada and Nuapada, and one 100 MT warehouse in Kalahandi.
  • Total 64,636 stakeholders including 9,747 women (farmers, DA Officers and Technicians, NGOs, and ICRISAT staff members) attended various awareness meetings, seminar-workshops and trainings.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings