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Gubba Group launches Germplasm Bank at Medchal at Rs 4 crore investment
Thursday, 05 February, 2015, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
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Hyderabad-based Gubba Group Ltd, a leading cold storage company with a capacity of 90 lakh cubic feet, has launched what is claimed as India’s first private sector Germplasm Bank at Medchal, Ranga Reddy district, Telangana, with an investment outlay of Rs four crore.

According to a press release issued by the company recently, the facility provides world-class preservation and security standards for valuable germplasm seeds. The facility conforms to HACCP, OHSAS, and IGBC Green Building Factory certifications.

The group is engaged in offering services in “Enviro Controlled” -20 degree C cold storage, commercial cold storage, parent seed cold storage, pre-cooling of fresh  produce, and customised cold storage for pharma and processed foods.

The company partnered with ABI (Agribusiness Incubator) with ICRISAT for technological support. Dr H D Upadhyaya, director, Genebank, ICRISAT, has been instrumental in setting up the bank, which is an outcome of six years of research by the group.

The bank has 57 secured lockers in Vault 1 and 50 secured lockers in Vault 2. Locker dimensions are 9 feet height, 1.5 feet depth and 3 feet width. The germplasms will be stored between 5-40 years as long-term preservation under -20 degrees C conditions.  

Germplasm banks play a crucial role in the conservation and use of biodiversity. They are important institutions, not just for the preservation of germplasm but also for sustainable use. The facility is also expected to generate and provide new scientific knowledge and information on ecosystems, species and genes.

The conservation of plant genetic resources (PGRs) is not limited to attaining and physically processing the materials but also includes ensuring the existences of them under variable conditions and with their original genetic characteristics intact. This is achieved by controlling storage conditions.

Speaking on the occasion, Gubba Kiran, CEO, stated, “Every seed matters and preserving them is the need of the hour in India. The launch of Gubba’s Germplasm Bank in private sector is a reflection of our commitment to research and innovation using better technology to meet the challenges in seed preservation.”
 
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