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Province 1 to run rice seed production project


Nepalnews
2021 Dec 05, 18:49, Kathmandu
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Province 1 will implement a project to strengthen rice seed production, supply, and quality control system. The project will run in Jhapa, Morang, Sunasari and Udayapur districts. The purpose of the project is “to strengthen Rice seed production, supply and quality control system” to improve the productivity of rice by means of dissemination of quality improved seeds in Province No.1 and to Strengthen the implementation of the rice seed production, supply, and quality control system in Nepal.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a Record of Discussions (RoD) with the Government of Nepal for the technical cooperation project to “Strengthening Seed Production, Supply, and Quality Control System Project” in this connection.

The implementation period of the project will be for 5 years from 2022 March to 2027 March.

The Executing Agency is Seed Quality Control Center (SQCC), Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD), Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), and Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoLMAC) of province No 1, JICA stated in a press release.

Rice is a fundamental crop of Nepali agriculture. Everyone eats it, and farmers gain income out of it. In order to make crops more nutritious, and productive, the most important factor remains the quality of rice seeds.

Even though rice farming contributes around 15% of the National GDP of Nepal, there is still a possibility to increase its yield therefore usage of improved Seed and increasing the replacement rate of seed are the key.

According to the statistic, the seed replacement rate of rice in Nepal is around 20% now, therefore, the Nepal government has the strategy to raise the percentage to 25%. It is estimated that the use of improved seeds with good quality will increase its yield by 15%.

However, there are several processes before farmers can use the improved seeds with good quality, it is necessary to improve the quality of the system and capacity to produce the quality seed in Nepal.

In this context, JICA was requested for this holistic support for improving seed production.

The Project will contribute to the sustainable social and economic development of Nepal during and after the implementation period of the project.


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