KATHMANDU: The Seed Quality Control Centre under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has said that it has prepared a Seed Vision – 2025.
At a programme organised to give final shape to the document prepared by the Centre, it was informed that the plan has been prepared to replace seeds of vegetables and crops now being imported, by 2025.
At present, 60 percent of seeds of vegetables and crops are imported from foreign countries. As against Nepal's needs of 2,000 metric tonnes of seeds of cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, radish, carrot, and mustard and beans, only 900 metric tons have been produced.
The plan targets to make Nepal self -reliant by producing hybrid seeds by 2025 in Nepal.
National Planning Commission Vice Chairman Deependra Bahadur Chhetri said Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai was also positive on it and planning to increase investment in this regards, whereas Seed Development Officer Dilaram Bhandari said it will make Nepal self-reliant.
It was also informed that tomato and cucumber hybrid seeds prepared in Nepal have been popular.