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Odisha Govt Aims to Increase Farmers’ Income: New Agri Policy Soon

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-06-12

The poor farmer has rarely become a national issue before elections and for them, it must be a pleasant surprise this year. The State Government has initiated steps to bring out an updated and dynamic agricultural policy keeping in tune with the changing conditions of agriculture and agricultural market.

 

A high-level inter-sector meeting for the purpose was held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi wherein Principal Secretary Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment Sourav Garg outlined the issues for discussion.

 

The Chief Secretary directed to focus on enhancing farmers’ income through appropriate production and marketing strategies. Padhi further directed to create ecosystem for flourishing of farmer producer groups and mobilizing private investment in the sector.

 

As per the discussion, everybody in the department was asked to give their inputs for further development of the draft policy within two weeks. Development Commissioner Asit Kumar Tripathy added that the policy should be oriented towards crop diversification, value addition and market linkages. Agriculture Production Commissioner Gagan Kumar Dhal advised to develop calamity resilient seeds and agricultural practices.

 

Replying to media query, Agriculture Secretary Sourabh Garg said the Odisha Agricultural Policy was last revised in 2013.

 

Meanwhile, six years have passed. New technologies and marketing conditions have also emerged. In view of all these, a new policy is being worked out. “The vision of the policy is to harness agriculture potential of the State in a sustainable manner and raise farmers’ income continuously while ensuring nutritional security,” he said.

 

Odisha, which has been getting Krishi Karman Award from the Centre for farm productivity, is one of the surplus producers of food grains producing 117 lakh tonne in 2016-17 with 25 lakh tonne of surplus rice. The monthly income of the farmers has seen a rapid growth of 16.5 per cent between 2002-03 and 2015-16. The monthly average income of the farmers has increased from `1,062 to `7,731 indicating a growth of 16.5 per cent as against the national growth of 11.7 per cent.

 

Major Highlights

 

• Focus on enhancing farmers’ income through increased productivity

• Oriented towards crop diversification, value addition and market linkages

• Ecosystem for insulating farmers from financial distress caused by natural   disasters

• Agricultural Policy was last revised in 2013

• Rs 17,000 crore public investment in agriculture in 2018-19

• 117 lakh tonnes of rice produced in 2016-17

• Rs 7,731monthly average income of the farmers

 

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