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Why Bush will meet Indian farmers
George Iype and Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | February 24, 2006 19:27 IST
A few farmers in Andhra Pradesh are waiting to meet the President of the United States.
Surprised? Don't be, because the main reason why Hyderabad is the only destination outside New Delhi on American President George W Bush's itinerary during his three-day India visit beginning March 1 is the growing agricultural cooperation between India and America.
But just how is Hyderabad related to the India-US agricultural ties?
State government officials say the reason is that some of the best modern cultivation methods are being implemented across Andhra Pradesh.
And the farmers who will meet Bush have successfully implemented new farming technology in their fields.
"President Bush will get a glimpse of rural India during his visit to Hyderabad," said a senior officer coordinating the visit. "We are arranging a group of progressive farmers and agricultural scientists to interact with him."
The venue for Bush's agricultural visit is the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University at Rajendranagar on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Bush arrives in the city at 10.30 am on March 3. He will then fly to the university campus by helicopter and spend time with farmers, scientists and officials.
The university's scientists are getting ready to show Bush their research on latest cultivation technologies, seed technology/development, plant protection and pest control, water management and organic manure.
Farmers who have increased crop productivity by adopting technologies and cultivation practices evolved by the university will share their experiences with President Bush.