Organic Farming Policy Soon

Odisha Government decided to go for an Organic Farming Policy to provide support for growth of Organic Sector and marketing organic products.

State Agriculture Cabinet Committee chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today decided to enable the farmers to get higher return for their produce, there will be a Organic Farming Policy in next two months.
Minister Agriculture & Farmers’ empowerment, Damodar Rout briefed Media Men after the Cabinet meeting in this regard.
Agriculture Production Commissioner, Gagan Kumar Dhal, Principal Secretary Water Resources, Pradeep Kumar Jena, Principal Secretary Agriculture and Cooperation, Manoj Ahuja and others were present.
Giving out details on the decision, Dr.Rout said that some areas in the State have a very low or negligible consumption of chemical fertilizers and by default follow Organic Farming.
However the new Policy will be in place to help out the Farming Community, said Minister Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment.
Dr.Rout said that the Fourth Advance Estimates for 2016-17 show that there has been an all time record production of 98.74 Lakh MT rice in the State.
He said from an importing state, Odisha stands ag Third Largest contributor to Public distribution System and productivity has surpassed All India average.
Dr.Rout said Fishery Sector has a remarkable progress and total fish production in 2000 was 2.59 Lakh MT, which has gone up to 5.21 Lakh MT in 2015-16 and 6.08 Lakh MT in 2016-17.
Harping on Irrigation Sector, Dr.Rout said that Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme, which was started in 2011-12  will create 65,000 Hectares of  additional irrigation potential during 2017-18.
Minister said that odisha is among the leading States using technology for delivery of services to the small and marginal farmers.

Agriculture Cabinet decided to Mobile Advisory Services “Krushi Paramarsha” to provide necessary information to the farmers for improving their income from Agriculture.
Dr. Rout said the State has set up an extensive procurement system for rice, where payment is made directly to farmers’ accounts.
With increasing production of other crops like pulses, oilseeds, there is need to put up such procurement system for pulses and oilseeds covered under Minimum Support Price (MSP) scheme.
It has been decided to  set up such system for the next Procurement Season, said Dr.Rout.

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