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The Secret Behind Quality Seeds

The Secret Behind Quality Seeds You may have noticed that in recent years, especially the packaging of food products, include a QR code as one of its quality seals, but have you ever stopped to scan it or analyze it?   With the latest cases of contamination and illegal products in the global food industry, different […]

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The Secret Behind Quality Seeds

You may have noticed that in recent years, especially the packaging of food products, include a QR code as one of its quality seals, but have you ever stopped to scan it or analyze it?  

With the latest cases of contamination and illegal products in the global food industry, different companies continuously struggle to prove that their product is the most transparent and the safest. 

The blockchain use case for the food and agriculture sector has proven to be the best-known way of assuring transparency and at the same time has become an essential tool to protect the investment in seed research and development, which is necessary to achieve a sustainable food and material supply for a growing population.  

Read on to learn about the importance of quality seeds and their long-term impact on the health of the consumer, the farmer, and the land. 

What is the importance of quality seeds? 

Studying and developing seeds that generate stable and resilient crops requires years of research and joint work between farmers, regulatory agencies, and the state to ensure food security. 

In India, organisms like The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare along with seed certification agencies are responsible for encouraging small and large farmers to meet safety and sustainability criteria to feed the local population and meet the basic requirements demanded by international markets. 

Therefore, ensuring the creation of quality seeds is a fundamental part of any food system that intends to grow and develop.

What are the benefits of farming with quality seeds? 

  • The root system development will be more efficient, which will help absorb nutrients effectively and result in higher yields 
  • Provides the desired crop population 
  • The capacity to withstand adverse conditions 
  • Seedlings will be more vigorous, fast-growing, and pests and diseases resistant 
  • Ensures uniform growth and maturity 

How do I know if a seed is of high quality? 

Genetic purity: This quality trait is essential to achieve crops for either resistance or desired quality factors. It can be determined by laboratory tests or more traditional methods like grow-out tests. A seed is considered genetically pure when ​​it possesses all the genetic qualities that the breeder has placed in the variety. 

Physical Quality: It should be uniform in size, weight, and color and free of stones, leaves, dust, stems, and flowers. It should also be free of seeds of other crops and inert material. This quality character can be obtained with proper cleaning and sorting at the time of assortment and before planting/storage. 

Physiological Quality: The physiological quality of the seed can be achieved by the correct choice of seed (mature seed) used for sowing and the care of quality traits during extraction, drying, and storage. 

What are the best storage conditions for a good quality seed?

As seeds age, their viability decreases, so the temperature, freshness, humidity, and light levels of the places where they are stored must be closely monitored to ensure high longevity and shelf life that will give them their high commercial value. 

How to ensure the quality of a seed? 

The use of blockchain technology for the seed supply chain brings real change to seed management. It provides the ability to track the purity of the seed. The unique digital identity created for every batch of seeds provides a complete history of the seed supply chain providing transparency and visibility to the buyer.  Click here (link to seed landing page) to learn how TraceX’s blockchain solution for seed and supply chain management is helping brands gain a competitive advantage by enabling transparency – from nucleus seed to certified seed – in the crop journey.