Naidu Ropes In Seed Park For Amaravati
Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is on the US tour, visited the Seed Science Center at the Iowa State University, to initiate the launch of the Mega Seed Park Project. The center works to provide access to quality seed, facilitating seed trade and promoting the growth and development of the seed industry.
Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, Manjit K Misra, Director, Seed Science Center and the delegation from Andhra Pradesh were present during the initiation ceremony.
Wendy in his welcome address said that the seed center is consistently ranked as the premier research body not only in United States but also globally. He added that the center provides a focus on research, and extension programs on seeds which greatly benefits the students to excel in seed science and technology.
Chief Minister in his keynote address said that he has come all the way from India to Iowa to study the best practices so as to make agriculture prosper in Andhra Pradesh as well as in India. “Today’s farmers are facing difficulties because of the lack of knowledge and information, I am keen to fill this gap,” said the Chief Minister.
Engagements like these will bring more knowledge on soil health, micronutrients, water management, market information etc, thereby help us in setting milestones to achieve our mission to make agriculture a profitable business, the Chief Minister stated.
The Chief Minister stressed that the Mega Seed Park Project should be implemented on a priority bases so as to increase the agricultural productivity and help increase the incomes of the farmers in the near future.
The Chief Minister said the need of the hour is to empower farmers with efficient and useful tools and that today is an important day in his life as he has initiated a mega project for the overall betterment of the agriculture and the people dependent on it.
Later a presentation was made by Manjit Misra who said that 80 percent of the farmers in the world do not have access to quality seeds and that the percent is at 70 in India. He mentioned that through his agreement Andhra Pradesh would soon become a hub for quality seeds and will soon grow as a major exporter of quality seeds.