Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar IAS met the Union Agriculture Minister Sri Narendra Singh Tomar at the Indian Institute of Millets Research at Rajendranagar today.
The Minister along with the Chief Secretary and Union Agriculture Secretary Sri Sanjay Agarwal planted saplings at the IIMR centre. Later the Union Minister inaugurated Nutri-Cereal seed Science Centre, millets food processing units and glasshouse research facilities at the campus.
The Minister went round the Nutri Cereals innovation centre. IIMR officials briefed the Union Minister about the activities of the organisation.
Earlier, Chief Secretary had a meeting with the Secretary Agriculture Government of India Sri Sanjay Agarwal at IIMR. The Chief Secretary briefed the Secretary Agriculture Government of India about the initiative to take up 20 lakh acres of oil palm plantation in Telangana.
He sought the intervention of the Government of India to reduce the customs duty on the import of oil palm seed sprouts and in sourcing good quality seed from countries across the world.