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BARC to set up radiation processing plants in state

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) will establish three multi-product radiation processing technology plants to process high-yielding varieties of basmati, potatoes, maize, sugarcane and other alternative crops in Punjab.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2013 11:53 PM IST

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) will establish three multi-product radiation processing technology plants to process high-yielding varieties of basmati, potatoes, maize, sugarcane and other alternative crops in Punjab.

A high-level team of the BARC, which visited the state from July 22-24, called on chief minister Parkash Singh Badal here on Wednesday.

The BARC would provide technology and engineering support for setting up these plants to also process onions, wheat, spices and other commodities. It would also provide high-yield varieties of sugarcane, pulses and groundnuts to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, for trials.

The BARC would also set up an isotope hydrology laboratory for carrying out groundwater investigations at SAS Nagar, a spokesman said.

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