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JAIPUR: Rajasthan Agriculture Minister Harjiram Burdak has laid the foundation stone for a seed development centre at Laxmangarh in Sikar district for preparation of certified seeds to be supplied to farmers in Churu, Jhunjhunu and Sikar districts.
Mr. Burdak said the centre, to be constructed by the State Seeds Corporation at a cost of Rs.3 crore, would start functioning in about a year and provide high-quality seeds to farmers. Union Minister of State Mahadev Singh Khandela was also present at the venue this past week-end.
Mr. Burdak said farmers establishing warehouses for onion and other agricultural produce in their fields were getting subsidy of up to 50 per cent, while the State Government had sanctioned Rs.800 crore from the disaster relief fund for drought-affected farmers.
The Minister asked the farmers to get the soil and water in their fields tested and grow crops accordingly for getting remunerative prices and also pay attention to horticulture. Subsidy up to 90 per cent was available for adopting water-saving techniques such as drip irrigation, he added. Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek and State Seeds Corporation Managing Director Ramesh Solanki also addressed the gathering. Mr. Solanki said the centre would have a storage capacity of 30,000 quintals.
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