20054 farmers from 11 states register for ICAR-IIWBR online Seed Portal during 2022-23
During 2020 under Covid 19, a global pandemic situation, an online Seed Portal (iiwbrseed.in) was developed by ICAR-IIWBR, Karnal to provide seed of recent wheat & barley varieties to farmers. The seed portal was designed and executed through IIWBR website in the September. During 2022-23, a total of 20054 farmers were registered from 11 states (Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Himanchal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan) within four days. An amount of Rs 1.20 crores were generated by selling of more than 2000 quintal seed of IIWBR varieties to the farmers during October 2022.
During 2020-21 to 2022-23, 37278 farmers were registered and 26862 farmers collected truthfully labled (TL) seeds of DBW 327 (Karan Shivani), DBW 332 (Karan Aditya), DBW 303 (Karan Vaishnavi), DBW 187 (Karan Vandna) DBW222 (Karan Narendra), DDW 47, DWRB 137 and DWRB 137. During this period, revenue generation worth Rs 192.30 was generated through sale of TL seed. Total revenue generation through breeder and TL seed was Rs 12.61 crore.
The interested farmers submit the desired information (name, village, mobile number, district and state, upload soft copy of Aadhar card, select variety, quantity of seed) for registration. The farmer gets OTP on mobile to complete the registration process. The farmers are grouped state-wise and district-wise. The registered farmers are informed at least one week in advance about date and time of seed collection through bulk SMS to facilitate hassle free seed distribution. On an average, daily 3000 farmers collect seed as per the schedule. All the payments are made in digital modes viz., QR code, net banking or card swipe).
ICAR-IIWBR, Karnal generally open the Farmer Seed Portal (iiwbrseed.in) in the last week of September till the availability (5-10 days) of seed every year.