BHOPAL : International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Area (ICARDA), Lebanon, Director General Dr Mohammad Sohu called on chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Monday.

The biggest centre in India of the World famous International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) would be set up in the State for research and technical propagation of leguminous crops. The Centre has selected India rather than China for setting up of the Centre. The state government has provided 71 hectare land in Amlaha of Sehore district for the Centre.

Dr Sohu expressed his gratitude for giving co-operation in the setting up of the Centre. Chief Minister Chauhan said Madhya Pradesh is the biggest producer of pulses in the country. He said there is a need of high level research to make India self-dependent in production of pulses. He said ICARDA Centre would help in improving leguminous crops, new research and propagation.

 He said Madhya Pradesh is leading state making progress in agriculture sector as agriculture growth rate has been 24.99 per cent this year.

Dr Sohu said ICARDA is based at Lebanon and a non-profit International Organisation. Presence of farmers’ community near the project site and an agriculture school were the reasons for the selection of Madhya Pradesh for the setting up of the research centre.

Additional chief secretary MM Upadhyaya, principal secretary, agriculture, Dr Rajesh Rajora, secretary to CM, Vivek Agarwal, deputy director general of ICARDA, Dr Komel Shidid and the concerned officials were present on the occasion.

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