International Conference on Seeds
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Organising Committee

Dr. JS Sandhu

Faizabad and Chairman,

ICFA Working Group on Technologies

Seeds – the starting point of agriculture – have consistently influenced the course of India’s food security. Years of intensive technology upgradation has perfected India’s seed potential to feed a rapidly multiplying population. From the clichéd begging bowl, India’s ascent to being the power center of agriculture was primarily driven through improved seeds. The high yielding varieties of wheat and rice that kick started India’s green revolution is the perfect example of seeds changing the agriculture fortunes of a country. Later, seeds developed to meet specific requirements of the agro climatic conditions and prevailing demands of agriculture including high yielding varieties, hybrids, GM seeds etc., have been able to leave a permanent imprint on the Indian agriculture. With a spirited approach from the government, seeds from organized segment has invaded the Indian farms. Today India’s seed industry is ranked fifth in the world with a promising future ahead of it.

However, there is an imbalance in the growth and development of the Seed sector. Research and development has been mostly restricted to high value low volume seeds. India’s seed replacement rate is also far from desirable. The broader discontent towards GM seeds, and at the same time, the lack of trust in the regulatory authority are challenges that need to be addressed at the earliest. Considering the climate change and the challenges it presents, there is a need for wider cooperation and association among the international community. International Conference on Seeds thus becomes a significant step to bring together the stakeholders on a single platform to discuss and evolve steps for the holistic development of the seed industry.


The Conference aims at achieving the following specific objectives:

  • To discuss the research and technology interventions happening globally and locally and their application in Indian context through national and global partnerships and collaborations
  • To discuss the problems faced by farmers in India and globally, the issue of access and equity in technologies, policy and the challenges in the seed sector
  • To discuss the role of the States, industry and institutions towards promoting food security through developments in seed segment
  • To discuss the issue of climate change and food security, and the need for collective action through global partnerships and the increased role of private sector
  • To discuss the policy, trade, technology, and investments perspectives on national and global level

25 Oct, 2018, IARI Fair Ground, New Delhi

Inaugural Session
= 13:30
Technical Session I: Global Seed Industry: Opportunities & Challenges
= 14:00
Tea Break
= 15:30
Technical Session II: Panel Discussion: “India – Emerging Global Seed Production Hub”
= 15:45

26 Oct, 2018, IARI Fair Ground, New Delhi

Technical Session III: Accelarating Indian Seed Trade
= 09:30
Emergence of India as a major player in Asian seed business
= 09:40
Africa: the new destination for Indian seed exports
= 10:10
Tea Break
= 11:00
Technical Session IV: Panel Discussion: “Partnering Indian Seed Sector Growth”
= 11:15
Lunch & Close
= 13:30