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Pulse Center Missing Land

Setting up a Seed Hub by the Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR) in Odisha is facing bureaucratic hurdle and authorities are worried about its future.


Odisha Government had approached Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) long back and requested for a setting up a Pulse Centre –cum-Seed Hub.
ICAR authorities agreed for the setting up the facility and intimated the State Government in this regard.
Though it was planned long back to come up in Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) Campus, due to land issues the Seed Hub is yet to come up, said sources.
In fact, IIPR was interested for setting up a Seed Hub for developing technology to boost pulses production in the State and when State Government proposed for it, IIPR agreed for the same.
While OUAT has Pulse Seed Hubs in seven districts in the State, but this huge Seed Hub would have been much more beneficial for the farmers of the State, which require quality seeds for boosting their production.
Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) Director General Trilochan Mohapatra has been trying hard to set up such a Seed Hub and a Regional Center of Indian Institute of Pulses Research ICAR-IIPR in Bhubaneswar.
The Pulse Centre was to develop new varieties of pulses suitable for cultivation in five eastern states including Odisha and accordingly Rs 6 crore has already been sanctioned for the purpose, officials said.
10 Acres of land was identified for the purpose and while the State Government agreed to the proposal a memorandum of Understanding was signed between State Government and ICAR-IIPR authorities on last February.
Later it came to fore the identified land is a Forest Land and it needs permission of Forest officials and it turned out to be cumbersome process.
After lot of dogged pursuit a new site has been located, however officials are raising several procedural issues for which ICAR authorities are clueless as to how to move ahead.
So setting up the Seed Hub and Pulse Centre is facing inordinate delay and cost of the project will jack up, pointed out a worried senior official of ICAR, adding as land issue is not being sorted out ICAR is not in a position to go ahead with the project.
DG ICAR Dr.Mohapatra in the meantime has brought to the notice of the State Government to sort out the issue of land transfer to IIPR, so that authorities will be able to go ahead with the Centre.


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