Telangana IT and Industries Minister K Tarakarama Rao, on the third day of his US trip, held several meetings in the State of Iowa's capital Des Moines.
Iowa is known for modern agricultural practices & food processing sector and for making rapid strides in insurance sector. The Minister met several key players from the agriculture and food processing fields like Kenneth M. Quinn President of World Food Prize Foundation, Terry Branstard, Governor, Iowa State among others. KTR wanted to learn the agricultural practices, technological interventions Iowa State has been implementing and adapt them for Telangana.
Governor Terry has said that Iowa doesn't use chemicals in farming, instead depends on farm mechanisation. The Minister later met representatives from Agri-tech Company DuPont and sought cooperation from them in developing food processing sector and modernising agriculture. He said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao had envisioned to make Telangana the seed bowl of India and inquired how DuPont can help local farmers in this endeavour. DuPont team has agreed to train Telangana farmers in the state-of-the-art technologies and best practices used in agriculture.
At another round table meeting with leaders of Agriculture and Food Processing sector from Iowa State, KTR shared the Telangana Chief Minister's goal, a farmer himself, of turning agriculture into a profitable enterprise for all the farmers.
KTR said the experiences from Iowa will help the State in this achieving the mission. The meeting was attended by Kenneth M. Quinn President of World Food Prize Foundation. The Minister said that Hyderabad is home to Insurance Regulatory Authority of India (IRDA) and State Government is trying to bring in more and more FBSI institutions to the State. He sought to know the best practices in the insurance sector for a possible replication back home. The Minister later left for Minneapolis.