Participants compare cob size of different hybrid maize varieties at Bioseed Company in Hyderabad. Photo: Narayan Khanal
A delegation of 15 Nepalese seed entrepreneurs learned about various business models and innovations for seed industry development on their first visit to India. The visit, sponsored by the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia in Nepal (CSISA-NP), lasted from 1 to 10 June.
According to Arun Joshi, Country Liaison Officer, CIMMYT-Nepal, Nepalese seed companies are in their initial growth phase and constrained by the lack of research and development, low business volume, limited seed processing and storage facilities, and low seed capital. To help them overcome these challenges, CSISA-NP recently initiated a business mentoring initiative to build the capacity of small and medium enterprises engaged in wheat and maize seed production.
To read more about CSISA-NP sponsored visit and more about its work with seed companies in Nepal, view the full story here.