Bihar on Top in Litchi Production
Muzaffarpur: Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh has said that Bihar is the top litchi producing State in the country. About 300 thousand metric tonnes of litchi is being produced from 32 thousand hectares of area in the state whose contribution in the country’s total production of litchi is about 40 percent. The minister said this at the inauguration and co-training of Litchi processing plant at Muzaffarpur in Bihar.
The contribution of Muzaffarpur district in litchi’s production is impressive, but there is a need to increase the productivity of litchi, said the Minister.
For this, all the government institutions, cooperatives and farmers will have to come forward. Union Agriculture Minister said that it is a matter of immense pride that scientists at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and National Research Centre on Litchi have succeeded in treating litchi and preserving it for 60 days at low temperature. One of its processing plants has also been developed.
Radha Mohan said that this technique will be useful for the litchi producers and businessmen. He also said that to make this technique effective, litchi producers will have to produce superior quality fruits for which National Research Centre on Litchi has developed several techniques.