Union Agriculture Minister lays foundation stone of NSC organic seed farm in Morena, MP

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The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, on 25 September laid the foundation stone of an organic seed farm of the National Seed Corporation (NSC) at Morena. 

Important facts

  • The Central Government has decided to set up a farm at Morena (MP) for the production of organic seeds by reclamation of the land in the rough area.

  • For this, the Government of Madhya Pradesh has allotted 885.34 hectares of land in 4 villages of Morena (Gadora, Jakhauna, Rithora Khurd and Gorkha) to the Union Agriculture Ministry.

  • This land is a rough area of Chambal and farming was not possible due to the ravines in the area.

  • On completion of this, new organic seeds of oilseeds will be available to the farmers of Madhya Pradesh.

  • With this farm farmers will be introduced to modern technology, they will get high yielding seeds and their socio-economic status will improve.

De-notification of 207 hectares of land

  • He said that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has taken a major decision to recommend de-notification of 207 hectares of land in the National Wildlife Sanctuary of Chambal.

  • Due to de-notification, this area will be outside the sanctuary area, due to which sand will be available at cheap prices for construction/development works at the local level and this will also create new employment opportunities.

National Seed Corporation (NSC)

  • NSC is a Schedule ‘B’-Miniratna Category-I company. 

  • It is wholly owned by the Government of India under the administrative control of Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

  • It was established in March-1963 to undertake production of foundation and certified seeds. 

  • Presently, it is producing certified seeds of about 621 varieties of 80 crops.

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