AP Plans Second Agro-biotech Centre

Hyderabad, November 4 | Updated: Nov 5 2003, 05:30am hrs
As part of its expansion plan for developing hybrids and transgenics for horticultural produces, the department of horticulture, Andhra Pradesh has decided to set up the states second hitech agri-biotechnoloy centre at Gopannapalem, in West Godavari district in addition to the existing centre in Hyderabad.

The proposed biotech centre is expected to be fully managed by the private company. To this effect, the department has called for bids on lease from those companies which are having technical expertise in the field of agri-biotechnology. The last date for submission of bids is scheduled for November 7, 2003.

According to the department officials, the agri-biotech centre will be set on the basis of PPP model (public-private partnership) with an investment of Rs 1.5 crore from the state government. The private company, after going through tender process, will manage the centre for a period of five years.

Describing about the proposed second centre, it will facilitate in tissue culture laboratory and leaf analysis. The centre is fully equipped with tissue culture laboratory with a capacity to produce about one million plants per year. Besides tissue culture, leaf analysis, soil water and micro biology laboratory and modernised central air-conditioning facility are some of the equipment to be installed at the laboratory, according to horticulture department officials.

The other infrastructure facilities in the laboratory include green house, shade house and potting sheds, they added.

The first biotech centre has already taken the countrys first FAO project on banana cultivation. The project is implemented in assistance with the National Banana Research Centre, Tiruchy to benefit Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu growers.