Staff Reporter

Agriculture Minister lays foundation stone for horticulture research station at ANGRAU

  • One college in each of the three regions
  • Lays stone for Rs. 1-cr horticulture research centre

    VIJAYAWADA: Agriculture Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy on Sunday said that the Government has decided to set up three horticulture colleges in the State, with one college being located in each of the three regions of the State. These colleges would be affiliated to Acharya N.G. Ranga Agriculture University (ANGRAU).

    The Government has also decided to establish an agriculture college in each district along with a polytechnic college affiliated to it, he said, addressing a meeting after inaugurating an agricultural exhibition organised by ANGRAU at Nuzivid on Sunday.

    He also laid foundation stone for a horticulture research station to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 1 crore.

    Mr. Reddy said that the Government was spending Rs. 500 crores on development of horticulture crops and orchards in the State, and the benefits of drip irrigation, sprinklers, post-harvest technology, packing, grading and export would be extended to horticulture farmers.

    Acknowledging the demand in the region for a horticulture export zone, the Minister said proposals had been prepared at an estimated cost of Rs. 40 crores.

    The proposals would be sent to the Central Government soon.

    Mr. Reddy said that the university had sanctioned Rs. 1 crore for developing the mango research centre at Nuzivid, and buildings were being constructed at a cost of Rs. 60 lakhs.

    The horticulture research would begin in six months.