Telangana hosts the triennial International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Congress in Hyderabad

Last Updated: July 1, 2019

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Telangana hosts the triennial International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Congress in Hyderabad
01 July 2019 Current Affairs: Telangana is hosting the triennial International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Congress in Hyderabad. ISTA congress is being held for the first time in Asia. The Congress is being held from 26 June to 3 July 2019. 

ISTA Congress meet:
Congress will have the main event for three days and technical committee meetings/sessions over the next 5 days. The Congress will have a symposium on seed technology and quality in a changing world. It would discuss recent developments in seed research and in technology related to seeds.
Workshop: The workshops would focus on varietal identification, seed sampling, Purity, germination and moisture. The latter workshop will held from July 5 to 12.
 
Participants:
400 experts, policymakers, scientists, researchers and members of seed industry from more than 80 countries including the UK, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada and Austria, will deliberate on seed policies, production and quality aspects.

Telangana: 
Telangana is major hub of seed production as it meets about 60% of the country's needs in major crops like rice, soybean, sorghum, maize, pearl millet and cotton.
Telangana, over 400 seed companies are operating with 413 seed processing and 13 seed testing units and about 2.5 lakh farmers in 1,500 villages are engaged in seed production in 3 lakh acres and produce about 65,000 tonnes seed of various crops.

ISTA:
ISTA was formed in 1924 during the 4th International Seed Testing Congress held in  Cambridge United Kingdom.
 

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