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Cereal seed technology. A manual of cereal seed production, quality control, and distribution










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    Seeds Toolkit - Module 1
    Development of small-scale seed enterprises
    2018
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    This toolkit – made available in English, French and Spanish – will be promoted as practical guidance to assist in the implementation of the national seed strategies. It will provide a number of practical capacity building tools for essential stages of the seed value chain and targeted primarily at seed sector practitioners who will participate in special training workshops to acquire pertinent technical knowledge and will be expected in return to create a multiplier effect through further follow-up FFS trainings down to the level of seed traders and farmers. In doing so, the toolkit will be used as guidance for conducting country-led workshops and other training activities aimed at strengthening quality seed delivery systems and seed regulatory mechanisms in selected countries. The development of capacity in the production of high quality seeds, the seed replacement rates, true seed cost and realistic seed pricing mechanisms as well as the role of different stakeholders are of critical importance in the process of the formulation of national seed policies, which is one of the core areas of FAO’s delivery at the national level.
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    Quality seed training toolkit 2016
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    This toolkit – made available in English, French and Spanish – will be promoted as practical guidance to assist in the implementation of the national seed strategies. It will provide a number of practical capacity building tools for essential stages of the seed value chain and targeted primarily at seed sector practitioners who will participate in special training workshops to acquire pertinent technical knowledge and will be expected in return to create a multiplier effect through further follo w-up FFS trainings down to the level of seed traders and farmers. In doing so, the toolkit will be used as guidance for conducting country-led workshops and other training activities aimed at strengthening quality seed delivery systems and seed regulatory mechanisms in selected countries. The development of capacity in the production of high quality seeds, the seed replacement rates, true seed cost and realistic seed pricing mechanisms as well as the role of different stakeholders are of critica l importance in the process of the formulation of national seed policies, which is one of the core areas of FAO’s delivery at the national level.
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    Building Capacity of Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department to Facilitate Seed and Plant Supply Industry Regulation - TCP/PAK/3601 2020
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    Over the years, Pakistan’s seed sector has grownsignificantly. The seed system was initially dominatedby the public sector in activities ranging from cropvariety development, release/registration, seedmultiplication/production, processing and marketing,to seed certification and quality control. Currently,the private sector comprises over 700 national and fivemultinational seed companies; thus, it is a major player.The public sector at the federal level is mandated toregulate the seed sector across the country; while at theprovincial level public sector seed corporations have beenassigned to produce and distribute certified seed of majorcrops to the farming community. However, public-sectorseed supplies are currently on the decline. The seedsector’s legislative environment has been improved to alarge extent by the incorporation of 2015 amendments inthe Seed Act 1976, and the legislation of the PlantBreeders’ Rights Act, 2016. In general, the level of servicedelivery by both the public and private sectors is not on apar with international good practices, hence the seedindustry has not yet harnessed the available potential. In other words, Pakistan’s seed industry, despite itslarge size and growth, has not evolved to the level ofsophistication required to compete with its regionalcounterparts. Against this background, the project aimedto strengthen the capacities of the Federal SeedCertification and Registration Department (FSC&RD), aswell as other public and private sector institutions/entities, to enable them to provide higher quality servicesto the seed and plant supply industry in Pakistan; and toimprove the systematic seed supply in the country.

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