In conjunction with the 32nd Congress 2019 of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) an International Seed Exhibition was organized from June 26-28, 2019 in Hyderabad, India. More than 75 public and private seed related organizations and firms from across the world presented their state-of-the-art facilities and solutions for better seed production, seed processing, seed testing, developments in biotechnology and other advanced technologies for high quality seed production.
The project “Indo-German Cooperation on Seed Sector Development” participated at the International Seed Exhibition with a stall and provided information about the activities and achievements of the project. The project is part of the bilateral cooperation program of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and is implemented by the consortium of ADT Project Consulting GmbH (ADT) and German Plant Breeders’ Association (BDP). The project stall at the exhibition was frequently visited during the three-days exhibition.
In parallel to the International Seed Exhibition, the ISTA Seed Symposium under the theme “Seed technology and quality in a changing world” took place at the same location, the International Convention Centre in Hyderabad. Participants of the symposium have been above all seed analysts, seed laboratory experts, technologists, researchers and managers from universities or research institutes, policy makers and members of the seed industry from more than 60 countries of the world.
The bilateral project participated particularly at the poster session of the ISTA Seed Symposium. Two posters had been prepared and presented by the project team on:
- Indo-German Cooperation on Seed Sector Development;
- Opportunities and Challenges to Improve Agriculture & Seed Sector Value Chain Governance in Telangana Region, India.
The whole ISTA Congress in Hyderabad and all connected side events have been very well organized. More than 500 participants from across the world attended the ISTA Seed Symposium.
The Telangana State Seed & Organic Certification Agency and the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation Government of Telangana organized on June 21-22, 2019 in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmer Welfare, Government of India and the consortium of ADT Project Consulting GmbH & German Plant Breeders’ Association the second 2-day workshop on “Post-Harvest Technologies for Better Seed Quality” in Hyderabad, India. The first workshop on that topic was successfully implemented in October 2018.
Both workshops have been conducted in the frame of the BMEL funded project “Indo-German Cooperation on Seed Sector Development”. This time about 90 experts mostly from Indian Seed Industry participated at the event. The technical program of the workshop covered various topics:
- Post-harvest seed losses: causes and management strategies;
- Seed storage management techniques;
- Seed drying;
- Post-harvest seed technologies for soybean, groundnut, sunflower & onion;
- Practical demonstration on sun drying, solar drying & desiccant drying technologies;
- Seed processing and handling in seed quality maintenance;
- Seed storage and deterioration;
- Advances in seed treatment technologies;
- Seed borne diseases and pest.
Speakers from public and private seed sector provided excellent presentations, information and recommendations on the topics. At the end of the second day, a panel discussion on “Future Challenges for Post-Harvest Seed Technologies: Approaches & Strategies” resulted in a very interesting exchange of experiences between the participants on how to apply best practices across the sector. The workshop was very much appreciated by the participants, the speakers and the organizers.