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The Andhra Pradesh State Mega Seed Park (APSMSP):

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has entered into collaboration with the Seed Science Centre of IOWA State University (ISU) to establish a Mega Seed Park in Kurnool district

The overall food production must increase by 70%, by 2050, to meet the demands of a growing world population. Given the challenges facing the agriculture sector, building resilience is a top priority, as is ensuring a robust and resilient seeds system

The productivity of many crops in India is far below the best in the world, with many of those at less than the global average. One of the key technology gaps is access to quality seeds. The adoption of new varieties of seeds is limited, due to factors like industry disconnect, limited access to new seeds by farmers, lack of access to world-class infrastructure for research in seeds, and the capacity of breeders and crop scientists to keep pace with the latest advances in seed research. It is in this context that the Mega Seed Park (MSP) has been introduced

The objective of the Mega Seed Park (MSP) is to make Andhra Pradesh a Global Seeds Hub and ensure that quality seeds reach every small holder farmer in the State

The core of the MSP shall be a Centre of Excellence for seed research & technology, a seed testing laboratory and a model hi-tech seed processing centre. A model seed farm will also be developed within the MSP in order to demonstrate automated, mechanized approaches across the seed value chain, and will also be available for use by stakeholders on a fee-for-service basis

The MSP will also provide the following facilities:
  • Commercial plots for seed breeding and processing
  • Demonstration plots, exhibitions, and a farmers' convention center
  • Skill training infrastructure
  • Requisite physical infrastructure including roads, water supply, effluent treatment, power distribution, administrative block, and housing

IL&FS Clusters has been appointed as the Program Management Advisor for the MSP. Under this project, the Company is assisting the Government of Andhra Pradesh in the entire end-to-end implementation of the MSP, including project structuring, stakeholder management, monitoring, investor mobilization/ identification, master planning, engineering, procurement and construction supervision. A multi-disciplinary team of experts has been deployed for the project