Asia’s biggest pulses research centre to be established in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: International Centre for Agricultural Research
in the Dry Area (ICARDA) will establish Asia’s biggest pulses crops research
and technology dissemination centre in Madhya Pradesh.
The institution has preferred India over China for
establishment of this centre. The state government has made available 71
hectare land for this institution at Amlaha in Sehore district. ICARDA
Lebanon’s Director General Dr Mohammad Sohu met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chouhan here on Monday and expressed gratitude for cooperation extended to the
Chief Minister Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is the
biggest pulses producer state in India. Pulses are still being imported in the
country. A high-level institution is necessary for making country self-reliant
in pulses production.
Welcoming ICARDA in Madhya Pradesh, he said that the
centre would play an important role in improvement of pulses crops and making
new researches in the field of dry farming and technology dissemination.
Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is fast growing in
agriculture sector. This year agriculture growth has been 24.99 per cent. It is
also a pioneer state in wheat production. ICARDA will also be a desired partner
in increasing pulses production in Madhya Pradesh.
ICARDA Director General Sohu informed that this is Lebanon-based
non-profit international institution. Decision to establish its research centre
in Madhya Pradesh has been taken in view of presence of progressive farmers and
agriculture college near the site.
Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture MM Upadhyay,
Principal Secretary Agriculture Rajesh Rajora, Secretary to CM Vivek Agrawal,
Deputy Director General ICARDA Dr Komail Shideed, Pro-Vice Chancellor of
Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia Agriculture University, Gwalior Dr AK Singh,
Director Pulses Development Directorate Dr RK Tiwari, ICARDA’s South-Asia
Coordinator Dr A Sarkar, Assistant Director General RCAR Dr BB Singh and Dean VS
Gautam were present on the occasion.