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Vibha Seeds Opens India's Largest Multi-Crop Seed Processing Facility

December 4, 2009

Vibha Seeds has opened a US$45 million state-of-the-art multi-crop seed conditioning and processing plants at Janampet in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, India on November 29, 2009. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Dr. K. Rosaiah, formally inaugurated this world-class facility. Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests and Mr. N. Raghuveera Reddy, Minister for Agriculture and Horticulture, Government of Andhra Pradesh were also present during the occasion. "Our constant endeavor has been to be innovative and to pioneer cost-effective technologies that can meet the requirements of farmers, markets and agro-industries," said Vidyasagar Parchuri, Chairman & Managing Director of Vibha Seeds.

The new seed facility has a processing capacity of 1200 tonnes per day of field and vegetable crops. The newly set up plant has six sophisticated units that include an industrial scale biotech lab, a corn-cob drying facility, a cotton processing plant, a warehousing-packaging facility and cold storage facilities. The facility can roll out 100 trucks of processed seeds per day – of over 190 products in 12 field crops and 18 vegetable crops. A seed quality assurance system with highly modern facilities is also in place for ensuring stringent adherence to quality. All the six units are built over 1.2 million square feet in 106 acres with an investment of Rupees 200 crore (US$45 million).

Vibha Seeds press release "One of the world's largest state-of-the-art multi-crop seed conditioning facilities from Vibha Seeds inaugurated" is available at http://www.ramakanthspace.com/PressRelease-English.pdf For more information about Vibha Seeds group visit http://www.vibhaseeds.com/ For more information about biotech developments in India contact: b.choudhary@cgiar.org and k.gaur@cgiar.org