Emerging private sector involvement in wheat seed research and production in India
Wheat is one of the most important food crops of the world. India is the second largest producer of wheat, currently producing 95 million tons from about 30 million hectares. Looking ahead to 2050, India needs to constantly increase production to about 150 million tons, to meet the rising population and demand. With area under cultivation having no room for growth, productivity will be the main pillar for growing production. Currently India?s yield of 3.1 t/ha has plenty room for growth as compared to the world leaders such as France (7.5 t/ha), Germany (7.3 t/ha) and UK (6.6 t/ha). Wheat productivity depends on multiple factors, seed being one of the most important.
The current operating environment is characterized by wheat R&D in the country conducted by public institutes, but there are clear signs of an emerging private sector involvement. The government promoting Inter-institutional linkages by way of associating private players in research and seed production.
This study evaluates and reflects on the current situation of the wheat seed sector in India - from research, variety/hybrid development, seed production, indent to distribution, the players involved, the challenges therein, upcoming technologies and the way forward.