Superstar star Amitabh Bachchan and his family have registered as seedgrowers to enhance farm output in Uttar Pradesh, giving a boost to the seed programme in the state.
After Bachchan senior, wife Jaya Bachachan and son Abhishek Bachchan have become registered seedgrowers of UP Seed Development Corporation (UPSDC), a public sector undertaking.
"Both Jaya Bachachan and Abhishek Bachachan have deposited the registration fee of Rs 25 and the inspection fee of Rs 275 for enrolling their names with the corporation after which they have been registered with us," Managing Director, UPSDC J L Saroj told PTI.
Amitabh Bachchan has already become a certified seedgrower in May last, he said.
The UPSDC MD said enrollment of Bachchan family is helping them in mobilising more seedgrowers for the scheme.
Abhishek Amitabh Bachchan (name as mentioned in records) has purchased 2.4 quintal of foundation seed of wheat at a cost of Rs 6,565 and Jaya Bachahan has bought 1.2 quintal seed for Rs 3,445, Saroj said adding Bachchan senior has already acquired 3.2 quintal seed.
Bachchan family will sell the wheat seed they produce to the corporation in March next year and had bought about six hectares of land in Muzaffarnagar village under Kakori block of Lucknow district, according to records.
The land has three accounts where Amitabh owns 2.5 hectares, Abhishek 1.2 hectares and Jaya Bachachan 2.4 hectares.
As part of the Seed Village Programme, the corporation buys the crop from seedgrowers as raw seed at a price little higher than the minimum support price announced by the centre.
After processing and certification from the UPSDC it is sold as certified seed by the corporation.
The new seed developed would be given to the farmers in the financial year 2011-12, he added.
Any farmer holding a valid ownership title of land is qualified to become a seedgrower with the UPSDC.
There are around 7500 farmers registered with the corporation at present, he added.
The corporation requires 15 lakh quintal of seed for the scheme, Saroj said.
Thirty quintal of seed is grown on one acre of land, he added.