Millet Mission Cover Expands

In another step towards enhancing farmers’ income in the State, 62 blocks of 12 districts have been brought under the orbit of Millet Mission.

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi talked to District Collectors over a Video Meet while emphasizing on the Mission, said that millet cultivation while  adding  to nutritional security would result in enhancement of the farmers’ income significantly.

He directed the District Collectors to finalize the Action Plan and register the millet farmers for field demonstration activities. Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan advised to identify in advance the storage and procurement points for millets in concerned districts. 

Review revealed that last year 30 blocks in 07 districts namely Rayagada, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Koraput, Kandhmal, Kalahandi and Gajpati were included in the Mission.

In the meanwhile, the Mission Envelope has been extended its activities to other 25 blocks of 04 districts namely Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Bolangir and Ganjam.

Seven blocks in Keonjhar district have also been brought under its orbit through initiatives of District Administration. The proposal for further extension the program to some blocks of Bargarh and Nabarangpur district was also discussed in the meeting.

Principal Secretary Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Saurabh Garg appraised that Farmer’s Interaction and Advisory Centers ( FIACs) have been operationalized at all block and GP levels.
Filed Level Officers of the Departments like Agriculture, Panchayati Raj, Water Resources, Cooperation , Food supplies & consumer welfare and Fisheries & Animal Resource development are involved.

The VLAWs have been directed to make themselves available on a specific day in the Gram Panchayat Office for having interaction with farmers and resolve the issues then and there.

The Block level FIACs must meet each fortnight to discuss the issues forwarded by the VLAWs and farmers and resolve those at their level. The issues requiring higher level intervention should immediately be communicated to proper quarter accordingly.

Chief Secretary Mr.Padhi directed to conduct the FIAC meetings regularly and resolve the issues relating to agriculture on property basis. 

The provisions and compliances of contingent matters like pre positioning of fertilizers and seeds, enrolment of farmers for crop insurance, special emphasis on enrolment of non-loanee farmers, strict vigil to monitor pest situation, vigil over any crop damage and taking amelioratory measures, timely dissemination of crop advisories etc were also reviewed in the meeting.

Secretary Cooperation Ranjana Chopra, Director Agriculture M Muthukumar along with senior officers of the concerned departments participated in the video conferencing.

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