VIJAYAWADA: Renowned geneticist MS Swaminathan has suggested that the Andhra Pradesh government design a biodiversity park in Amaravati capital region to promote food and nutrition security and climate resilience. The proposed biodiversity park in the State’s capital region will cover an area of 200 acres.
In his letter to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Swaminathan congratulated the government’s decision to establish a biodiversity park and hoped that it would help in spreading the knowledge of biodiversity and its crucial significance to food, climate and livelihood security. “The park should contain a section on current agrobiodiversity and another section on rare, endangered and threatened species (RET). It should also have a genetic garden of biofortified crops developed by natural selection and by breeding such as moringa, sweet potato, amla, tamarind and similar crops,” he said.
Linking food, nutrition security
Swaminathan stated that the aim of the park should be to help promote Farming System for Nutrition to provide nutritional remedies for malnutrition maladies. “A section of the park can be devoted to Climate Smart Plants which can help to face the problems arising from global warming,” the agriculture scientist added.