Borlaug Institute to setup its South Asia headquarter at Ludhiana

Chandigarh/August 23 (NG News)
Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) would setup its headquarter at Ludhiana to improve the financial condition of state’s agriculture sector and that of the beleaguered farmers, who had been plummeting financially day by day because of non-remunerative price of their produce.

BISA Director General H S Gupta who was accompanied by International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre CIMMYT’s Regional Representative Director of Research for South Asia Dr Etienne Duveiller informed Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal during a meeting on Friday evening.

Gupta said that the prestigious Centre of ‘Borlaug Institute for South Asia’ (BISA) was being established in the state at Ludhiana under the auspices of Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). “The Master Plan for BISA’s Ludhiana had been finalized and construction work would be started soon. BISA had decided to setup their headquarter at Ludhiana after the entire construction work would be completed,” Gupta said.

Expressing his gratitude to the Chief Minister for all the help and cooperation from the state government, he said that the a 7-member Coordinate Committee had been established for the smooth functioning of the Institute. “We had also chalked out a long-range implication program for the state and presently initiated the research work at various levels with the help of PAU Ludhiana to develop new verity crops of better yield with less consumption of water besides preserving soil health by enhancing the Nitrogen contents in it. The Executive Committee of BISA would also visit Punjab on August 30,” Gupta added.

Expressing satisfaction over the progress, Badal asked Director General to make each unit functional simultaneously as its Infrastructure being raised instead of waiting the constructional of entire Institution and then made it functional.

Badal also hoped that this Institute would prove to be a mile stone to herald the second green revolution by encouraging the value added crops like Maize, Basmati and Oil seeds ultimately helping our farmers to come out of the rut of wheat-paddy cycle.

Prominent amongst those who were present on the occasion included Financial Commissioner Development Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretaries to the Chief Minister SK Sandhu, Special Principal Secretaries to the Chief Minister K J S Cheema and Gaggandip Singh Brar, besides Chief Soil Conservator BS Sidhu and Senior Research Engineer BISA Dr Harminder Singh Sidhu.