Staff Reporter

Scientists urged to take up advanced research on Pongamia and Jatropha seeds

TIRUPATI: The importance of bio-diesel crops got due attention at the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University’s South Zonal Research and Extension Advisory Council (ZREAC) meeting here on Thursday.

The meet was conducted under the aegis of Tirupati-based Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), where the speakers urged the scientists to take up advanced research on Pongamia and Jatropha seeds, while the farmers were asked to grow the said crops in vast areas. ‘As the entire world is looking at alternatives to fossil fuels, the demand for such crops would rise in the near future’, the scientists told the farmers of Chittoor, Kadapa and Nellore districts present at the meet.

Director of Research P. Raghava Reddy, Associate Director, K. Raja Reddy, Director (Extension) L. G. Giri Rao and Dean of Agriculture M. Sudarshan Reddy spoke on the need for taking up post-harvest measures and embracing ‘SRI’ paddy cultivation.

A brochure on ‘RARS - Achievements and Vision’ was released on the occasion.

Principals B. Chenchu Reddy (Agricultural College) and Satyanarayana Reddy (Veterinary College), ATMA project director Karunakar were present.