Indian Institute of Plantation Management to come up at Gannavaram

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government had proposed to establish Indian Institute of Plantation Management (IIPM) at Gannavaram in Krishna district. Minister for Agriculture Prathipati Pullarao while presenting the agriculture budget for 2017-18 on Wednesday announced the government’s plans to start the IIPM. The Minister had also allocated Rs 23 crore for the IIPM.

There is just one IIPM in the country now located in Bengaluru, which was established in November1993. The IIPM at Bengaluru is owned by the State government, the Central government would provide financial assistance through the ministries of Social Justice and Empowerment, Minority Affaris, Human Resources Deveopment, Communication and Information Technology, besides the Coffee Board, Tea Boad, Spices Board, Rubber Board, India Tea Association.

The IIPM would be a center of excellence for plantation and the agriculture sectors. This would be a think-tank for the agriculture sector and the industry dealing with the agriculture outputs. The Andhra Pradesh government had already established a Farmers’ Empowerment Corporation at Gannavaram to provide assistance to the farmers in the areas required by them.

Besides establishing the IIPM on the lines of the Bengaluru institute, the AP government had also allocated Rs 308 crore for Acharya N G Ranga Agriculture University in Guntur, Rs 153 crore for Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Rs 147crore for mechanization of agriculture and Rs 220 crore for seed development.

The Minister had also announced the allocation of Rs 3,024 crore for the second phase of loan relief to the farmers under the loan waiver promise, Rs 172 crore for interest-free loans and Rs 5 crore for loans at 25 paise interest (pavala vaddi).

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