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India: Haryana signs MoU with University of Birmingham to establish Centre of Excellence

The Haryana government and the University of Birmingham signed an MoU for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for crop post-harvest management and sustainable cold chain in the state. In the presence of the Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, JP Dalal, Additional Chief Secretary Sumita Misra, signed an MoU with a representative of the University of Birmingham (UK).

The Agriculture Minister, Sumita Misra, and the Director-General, Horticulture, Arjun Singh Saini, are in Birmingham to attend the Cold Chain summit at the university on September 29 and 30.

The Manohar Lal-led Haryana government is running several welfare schemes in the interest of farmers. Starting a new initiative, the state has also launched Mukhyamantri Bagwani Bima Yojana for horticulture farmers. Besides this, the state government is also encouraging farmers to adopt crop diversification to promote horticulture crops.

JP Dalal said that the Centre of Excellence will be a milestone for the reduction in post-harvest losses, updating the knowledge of stakeholders, including farmers, use of eco-friendly and farmer-friendly technologies in the supply chain, and research and development as well.

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