Foundation laid for seeds processing unit in Karimnagar
Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu laid the foundation stone for the construction of Andhra Pradesh Seeds Processing unit at Chintakunta village on the outskirts of Karimnagar town on Sunday.
The seed processing unit is coming up in sprawling one-acre land at a cost of Rs. 1.1 crore. The unit would house seed processing unit, seed sample testing laboratory and also storage godown of the processed seeds. The construction of the project would be completed within one year.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister called upon the scientists to take measures for producing quality seeds to increase the foodgrain production. He also informed the experts to examine the feasibility of opening a research centre at Satavahana University to produce quality seeds in the region. He said that the State government was also contemplating to bring in an AP Seeds Act to protect the interests of farmers from the supply of spurious seeds.
Government Whip Arepalli Mohan, who was also present, called upon the authorities concerned to take measures to check the intrusion of spurious seeds into the market and help protect the farmers from being duped.
Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar said that the seed processing unit would have the capacity to examine about 13 lakh quintals of seeds. He also favoured opening up of zonal office in Karimnagar on a par with Hyderabad, Guntur and Kurnool to meet the growing demand of farmers.
Karimnagar Agricultural Market Committee chairman A. Bhaskar Reddy, AP Seeds processing unit director B. Gopal Reddy, Seeds Board director Ramana Rao and others were also present.