“Long-term collaboration in agriculture for sustainable growth”

The Punjab Government on Tuesday inked a memorandum of understanding with Monsanto Holdings Private Limited to jointly establish three “centres of excellence” for promotion of cotton, maize and vegetables in the State.

An official release quoting a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the MoU was signed here by Financial Commissioner (Development) G. S. Sandhu and Monsanto CEO (India Region) Gyanendra Shukla in the presence of Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal.

According to the MoU, a long-term collaboration in agriculture would be established for sustainable agricultural growth through partnership and using collective expertise for evaluation, development and implementation of practical solutions to enhance farm productivity.

Mr. Badal asked Mr. Sandhu to constitute a joint team of officers and Monsanto representatives to finalise the sites for these centres. He also suggested establishing a centre for cotton in Bathinda, for maize in Doaba region and for vegetables in Amritsar district.

Crop diversification plan

He said the State had already prepared a crop diversification plan wherein these centres could play a vital role by providing technical know-how and establishing coordination with farmers at grassroots level.