ANL 33.83 Decreased By ▼ -0.42 (-1.23%)
ASC 13.40 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.37%)
ASL 23.24 Increased By ▲ 0.64 (2.83%)
AVN 84.50 Increased By ▲ 0.80 (0.96%)
BOP 7.75 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.65%)
BYCO 9.39 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (0.21%)
DGKC 109.00 Decreased By ▼ -1.20 (-1.09%)
EPCL 51.00 Increased By ▲ 0.11 (0.22%)
FCCL 22.85 Increased By ▲ 0.09 (0.4%)
FFBL 25.60 Decreased By ▼ -0.10 (-0.39%)
FFL 15.30 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
HASCOL 9.09 Increased By ▲ 0.09 (1%)
HUBC 79.20 Increased By ▲ 0.20 (0.25%)
HUMNL 5.81 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-0.51%)
JSCL 18.78 Increased By ▲ 0.08 (0.43%)
KAPCO 40.30 Increased By ▲ 0.91 (2.31%)
KEL 3.69 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.27%)
LOTCHEM 14.30 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-0.35%)
MLCF 42.25 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-0.12%)
PAEL 30.98 Decreased By ▼ -0.09 (-0.29%)
PIBTL 9.45 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
POWER 8.49 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.59%)
PPL 83.55 Increased By ▲ 0.25 (0.3%)
PRL 22.75 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.09%)
PTC 9.15 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-0.54%)
SILK 1.40 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
SNGP 39.25 Increased By ▲ 0.66 (1.71%)
TRG 161.85 Decreased By ▼ -1.37 (-0.84%)
UNITY 34.65 Decreased By ▼ -0.28 (-0.8%)
WTL 1.45 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
BR100 4,817 Increased By ▲ 17.95 (0.37%)
BR30 24,709 Increased By ▲ 15.32 (0.06%)
KSE100 45,053 Increased By ▲ 109.44 (0.24%)
KSE30 18,440 Increased By ▲ 57.39 (0.31%)

Coronavirus
VERY HIGH
Pakistan Deaths
18,429
11924hr
Pakistan Cases
841,636
411324hr
Sindh
287,643
Punjab
310,616
Balochistan
22,776
Islamabad
76,696
KPK
121,099
Pakistan

Powers of seed inspection to provinces under consideration

LAHORE: The Ministry of National Food Security & Research (MNFS&R) is contemplating to delegate powers of...
13 Dec 2020

LAHORE: The Ministry of National Food Security & Research (MNFS&R) is contemplating to delegate powers of seed inspection to the provincial governments instead of the Federal Seed Certification & Registration Department. Preparation of summary is in the process to move it forward to the Cabinet for approval of delegation of powers of Seed Inspector to the provincial governments' agriculture extension department, said an office memorandum issued by the MNFS&R recently.

Opposing the move, the Seed Association of Pakistan (SAP) has requested the Ministry to let the powers remain with the federal government as it will complicate the process of monitoring as the companies have to deal separately with seed inspectors in all the provinces instead of with one federal department.

SAP Chairman Chaudhry Asif Ali while talking to Business Recorder here on Saturday claimed that seed certification and inspection is a federal subject in the whole world and the same was being done under the 1976's Federal Seed Act, which was amended in the year 2015. He said that even in the amended act, all the four provinces agreed that the seed should remain the federal subject as it is not only prepared within the country but also imported from abroad.

He said that 88 percent of the wheat seed is prepared in Punjab while Sindh contributes 10 percent and the rest of the two provinces have only two per cent share in it. He feared that shifting the seed enforcement powers to the provinces may lead to different standards in all the provinces thus making the smooth working of the seed companies complicated.

Asif said the extension department's staffs are also not trained for seed monitoring. He said that the extension department was formed to disseminate technology to the growers and to guide them at the sowing time and take them through different phases of crop to get a good per acre yield. He alleged that the extension department had left that spirit behind and first they took the powers of pesticide inspectors, then of fertilizers and now working to take the powers of enforcement of seed.

The SAP Chairman said that they also held an internal meeting representing both the local and multinational seed companies and all are of the consensus that it should remain to be a federal subject. 'We also met the Governor Punjab and got assurance that nothing will be done without the consultation of the stakeholders,' he added.

Meanwhile, sources in the Federal Seed Certification & Registration Department on contact also expressed their reservation on this move. They said that they have 37 trained seed inspectors and they knew the whole process of seed development and production. They knew which research institute or company is working on what type of variety. They said that they had also recorded their reservation on this move.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020