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Seed Hub to be set up in Jalna: Lonikar

Maharashtra government will set up seed hub in Jalna of Marathwada region with an investment of Rs 110 crore on 100 acre land, State Water Supply Minister Babanrao Lonikar announced here today. Talking to mediaperson here today Mr Lonikar said that, Jalna town, the largest seed companies across the country and our country seed industry is on sixth position in the world with business turnover of Rs 15,000 crores including Rs 5000 crore from Maharahstra in which alone Jalna seeds business turn over is Rs 3000 crore, he said.

Mr Lonikar himself hailing from Jalna district also guardian minister of Jalan further disclosed that, at least 20,000 farmers were involved in seed production business producing the high quality seeds in 10,000 shed net in the Jalna district. The proposed Seed Hub will start with the help of Seed producer farmers, Seed Companies and Maharashtra Government at 100 acre land which cost of Rs 110 crores in which basic facilities for producing for seed purpose will make available to the producer farmers including net shade, drip irrigation, farm ponds and other related facilities, Mr Lonikar said. Processing on seeds, research, quality test, laboratory, storage and packing facilities would be made available to the seed companies in the hub, Mr Lonikar added.

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