QUALITY DECLARED SEED SYSTEM
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FAO recognizes the pivotal role of seeds in agricultural development. Increasing the quality of seeds can increase the yield potential of the crop and is one of the most economical and efficient inputs to improve crop production and productivity. The FAO/Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) Technical Conference on Improved Seed Production (Kenya, 1981) and at the Expert Consultation on Interstate Movement of Seeds (Rome, 1986) identified the concept of Quality Declared Seed as a strategy to increase the availability of quality seed for the agricultural community. After further discussions and studies of this concept, FAO Seed and Plant Genetic Resources Service, in consultation with relevant experts, in 1993 produced and published specific crop guidelines as Plant Production and Protection Paper No. 117 Quality declared seed – Technical guidelines on standards and procedures.