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Advance deployment by Taiwan Seed Improvement and Propagation Station for the Security Supply of Domestic Upland Crop Seed
The global economic activity suspended and the supply chain breakdown with the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic and food crisis has increased dramatically. As a preventive measure before the end of March, Taiwan Seed Improvement and Propagation Station (TSIPS) has already prepared all the seeds that farmers need for the next season.
TSIPS is a specialized unit for providing policy seeds and seedlings, constantly striving to improve the domestic seed production safety of crops such as soybean, sorghum and potato. TSIPS then took inventory of seeds of major upland crops in Taiwan. So far, the inventory of feed corn seeds is 159,000 kilograms which can be planted about 7,900 hectares, and that of sorghum seeds is 15,000 kilograms which can be planted about 1,500 hectares. Moreover, TSIPS has made sure that all the seeds domestic seed companies provide are high quality, and the inventory of soybean seeds is 200,000 kilograms which can be planted about 4,000 hectares and that of wheat seeds is 310,000 kilograms which can be planted about 2,600 hectares. To ensure that domestic livestock feed is safe, besides immediately planning the production of new varieties of high-yield feed corn and sorghum seeds, TSIPS actively outsourced mass production to meet the requirement of local farmers.
TSIPS will keep implementing the policy of seed supply, investing in R&D to improve the quality and production of domestic seeds so as to enhance the international competitiveness of Taiwan’s agricultural industry and to stabilize the domestic production.
▲Fig1. The Production of Sorghum Seed in TSIPS
▲Fig2. The Harvesting of Feed Corn Seed in TSIPS
▲Fig3. The Production of Soybean Seed in TSIPS