Agriculture minister lays foundation stone of NSC’s organic seed farm in MP

Agriculture minister lays foundation stone of NSC's organic seed farm in MP

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, Sunday laid the foundation stone of an organic seed farm of the National Seeds Corporation (NSC) at Morena. As per the agriculture ministry, upon its completion, new organic seeds of oilseeds will be available to the farmers of Madhya Pradesh. With this farm, farmers will be introduced to modern techniques, they will get high-yielding seeds and their socio-economic status will improve.

Tomar said that the Central government had decided to establish an organic seed farm in Morena (MP) for the production of organic seeds by improving the land in the rugged area. For this, the MP government has allotted 885.34 hectares of land in 4 villages — Gadora, Jakhauna, Rithora Khurd and Gorakha — in Morena to the Union Ministry of Agriculture. This land is a rugged area of Chambal and farming was not possible due to the ravines in the area. As NSC is committed to provide quality seeds to the farmers and is producing 15 lakh quintals of quality certified seeds and making them available to the farmers, hence the agriculture ministry has entrusted the responsibility of developing a farm in Morena to the NSC for the production of organic seeds.

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The production of seeds in the ravines would improve the land and the land will turn fertile. Inspired by land reforms, local farmers will be able to improve the land in their fields and produce seeds with the latest scientific method and get high economic benefits from the low cost of farming. Farmers will get to learn the latest techniques of seed production here. Local and state farmers will be taught the latest seed production techniques through training by NSC experts. Local workers of Morena will get employment through land reforms and seed production on the farm. Farmers will get good production by getting the latest and genetically and physically pure organic oilseed seeds from Morena farm, which will not only improve the socio-economic status of the farmers of the state but will also provide nutritional security to the farmers, the minister said.

He said that Morena’s seed farm will make full use of science and research for the progress of farmers. Seed is the basis and main input of agriculture. Tomar said that the availability of good seeds for agriculture benefits the agri-ecosystem and the economy as a whole, apart from increasing production and productivity and resulting in higher income for the farmers.

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