The Left Front government will set up a centre for excellence in biotechnology in Bengal, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee announced on Saturday. He was speaking at a seminar on bio-diversity and agriculture at the 36th annual function of Ramakrishna Mission, Narendrapur.
Stressing the need for agricultural research, Bhattacharjee said: “We have to preserve nature and go ahead with agricultural development.” The chief minister claimed that 70 per cent of the total agricultural land in Bengal was owned by poor farmers, unlike in other states. Bengal had also become self-sufficient in food production, he added.
Director of the agriculture department, Nityananda Trivedi, and Swami Asaktananda, secretary of Ramakrishna Mission, Narendrapur, were also present.