Seed is one of the most critical inputs for enhancing the productivity of crops and availability of quality seeds is backbone to ensure food security of the nation. Quality seed act as catalyst for realizing the potential of all other inputs without which the investment on others inputs such as fertilizer, irrigation and pesticides will not pay desired dividends to the farmers as well as to the country. Use of quality seeds alone could increase 15-20per cent of the yield and under optimum management condition; the increase may touch upon upto 45 per cent. Sustained increase in agriculture production and productivity is dependent, to a large extent, on development of new and improved varieties of crops and an efficient system for timely supply of quality seeds to farmers.
Seed production Unit (SPU) was established in 1995 to ensure the quality seed security for increased productivity, quality and sustainability in agriculture with following mandate:
ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research
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