Stone to be set for Andhra Pradesh agriculture varsity today

Lam Farm invented 73 new crop varieties till now

Guntur: AP Agriculture University will become the main research centre of AP in the capital district. The Lam Farm started in the year 1922 as an agriculture research station and buffalo research station served the public by releasing new food crops and now is going to turn into an important agriculture research centre with the starting of AP Agriculture University. The research centre released 73 new crop varieties till now and is continuing researches.

As many as 13 new varieties of cotton, 12 new varieties of chilli, 11 of black gram, six of green gram, five of red gram, four of Bengal gram, five of Jowar, four of coriander, two of soybean and rest were bajra and others. There are three sections in the research centre in Lam Farm which are conducting researches on cotton, millets, pulses, soil science, plant physiology, entomology and plant pathology.

Lam Farm agriculture research station associate director of research Dr E. Narayana said that five new rice varieties were developed this year and the starting of AP Agriculture University will give a boost to researches. He added that all arrangements were made for laying the foundation stone for the university and 2,000 agriculture students are going to participate in the programme.

Agriculture students K. Hari and others said that there is no agriculture university in AP after state bifurcation. Hence, the government should swiftly complete the construction to help the agriculture students to acquire higher courses. They said that the regio-nal agriculture research station at Lam Farm is also helpful to resear-chers and it would become the main research station of the new capital Amaravati in the future due to establishment of AP Agriculture University. Minister for agriculture P. Pulla Rao, along with officials, visited the Lam Farm on Sunday and inspected the arrangements. In all, 20 stalls would display the new innovations, technology, tools and seeds during the programme and AP CM N. Chandrababu Naidu and union minister for agriculture Radhamohan Singh will visit the stalls.

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