Punjab Seed Corporation (PSC) was ranked 22nd on the Access to Seeds Index, issued by the Thailand-based ‘East West Seed’ after evaluating 24 leading seed companies in South and Southeast Asia.
The first-ever index for South and Southeast Asia evaluated leading seed companies in the region with comprehensive strategies and clear targets for tackling food and nutrition security to support growth productivity of smallholder farmers — one of the main targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to the index, companies at the bottom of the ranking generally score low due to a lack of disclosures over their ambition and activities.
Pakistan, an agri-based economy, is not listed among the region’s seed hubs. On the other hand, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Bangladesh have evolved in to seed hubs, based on the concentration of production, breeding and processing activities by indexed companies in these countries.