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Farmers benefited from participatory seed production

Such a model of seed production that the problem of purchase was also solved, Krishi Vigyan Kendra took the initiative


When the farmers get good quality seeds, the crop production will be more and when the production is more, it is obvious that their income will increase. Organizations like the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research keep on developing improved varieties of vegetable seeds from time to time. But many times improved seeds are not available in sufficient quantity to the farmers. It is not possible even for Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) alone to meet the needs of the farmers, so Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hirehalli came up with a plan for Participatory Seed Production involving many farmers of Tumkur district. This benefited the farmers.

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What is Participatory Seed Production ? 

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hirehalli started this scheme to provide improved seeds of vegetables and other crops to the farmers of Tumkur district of Karnataka, which gradually increased the trend of farmers in seed production activities and the benefits of which increased production in the state. appeared as Under this scheme, a farmer of the district Veerakyatharayappa started seed production. Earlier he used to produce traditional crops like paddy, ragi, red gram in 5 acres of land, but started seed production on the advice of KVK.

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Producing these seeds 

Seed production was done under the supervision of Krishi Vigyan Kendra officials. There was an agreement between the farmers and the Krishi Vigyan Kendra on many subjects like seed quality and procurement. Under this, Krishi Vigyan Kendra will buy the seed prepared by the farmer and then it will be sold to other farmers. In the first year, Veerakyatharayappa produced seeds of cotton hybrid, ML-365 variety of ragi, Arka Anamika of okra and Arka Prasanna variety of ridge gourd.

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Increased income from seed production 

Before venturing into seed production, Veerakyatharayappa used to earn less than one lakh annually from traditional crops like maize, ragi, red gram. Apart from this, bajra price fluctuations and marketing was also a problem, but after joining the Participatory Seed Production Scheme, he started getting an annual income of 2,42,000 and now he does not face the problem of marketing.

Farmers benefited from participatory seed production
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Other farmers also came forward 

Seeing the success of Veerakyatharayappa, other nearby farmers also came forward to cooperate with Krishi Vigyan Kendra by joining the seed production activity. 30 farmers have started seed production activity with the help of Krishi Vigyan Kendra. Apart from getting stable income to the farmers, other farmers started getting the best quality seeds. After the launch of this scheme, the total production of the state and the income of the farmers were seen to increase.

Apart from this, employment has also increased with this scheme as seed production activity includes manual crossing, seed extraction, seed drying, cleaning, packing. That is, everyone will benefit from seed production activities. 

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