NDDB & KOF inks MoU with University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore


June 27, 2022, Bengaluru: The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) &
Karnataka Cooperative Oilseeds Growers’ Federation Ltd (KOF) inked an MoU with
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore (UAS-Bangalore) and Indian Institute
of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad for large scale sunflower hybrid seed production in
Karnataka. This agreement is aimed at paving the way for licensing sunflower hybrid
KBSH-41 for commercialisation.
Sushri Shobha Karandlaje, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers
Welfare, Government of India graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Shri BC Patil,
Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Govt of Karnataka was the Guest of Honour. Shri
Annasaheb Shankar Jolle, MP (Lok Sabha) & Chairman, KOF, Shri Meenesh Shah,
Chairman, NDDB and Dr S Rajendra Prasad, Vice-Chancellor, UAS-Bangalore were
also present.
In her address, Sushri Karandlaje said that this momentous occasion is a right step
towards Atmanirbharta in edible oil. She sought NDDB’s intervention in reducing
country’s reliance on imported edible oil and applauded Board’s intent to help the
oilseed sector. The Hon’ble Union Minister said that availability of credible sources of
hybrid seeds has become a big lacuna. She appreciated the joint efforts of NDDB
and KOF to take up commercial production of successful sunflower hybrid seeds so
that farmers get superior seeds.
Shri Patil said that that increase in MSP by the Government of India has enthused
farmers towards sunflower production in Karnataka. The compulsion to rapidly
increase domestic edible oil production is an opportunity to improve livelihoods of
small and marginal farmers.
Chairman, NDDB said that in the 80s, NDDB was involved in setting up edible oil
cooperatives under Operation Golden Flow. The Dairy Board is re-engaging itself.
This is a small but critical first step towards supporting the Government’s initiative in
attaining self-sufficiency, Atmanirbharta in edible oils. NDDB and KOF will encourage
farmers to take up sunflower as a preferred crop by making available high-quality
seeds at reasonable prices. NDDB will work with KOF for production of 5000 quintals
of hybrid sunflower seeds in Rabi 2022 – enough for sowing in about one lakh
hectare. This will be further scaled up in Karnataka and also replicated in other
Shri Jolle conveyed that NDDB has already initiated a number of measures to
support KOF. He further said that considering the Ukraine crisis, there is a huge
shortage of sunflower oil. This has led to higher prices of sunflower seeds. Our
farmers can restart sunflower seed production to earn profits.

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Dr Prasad said that NDDB and KOF have approached UAS-B for commercial
production of successful sunflower hybrid seeds. Thus, the agreement will re-initiate
large scale Sunflower hybrid seed production.