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Sweet Potato Turns Agri Face


Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled the logo of Krushi-2019 at State Secretariat on 11 January.


Since Odisha occupies Number One position in Sweet Potato production, it has been chosen as the Logo of Krushi-2019, said Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik.

Minister Agriculture, Sashi Bhusan Behera, Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) Gagan Kumar Dhal, Principal Secretary Agriculture, Saurabh Garg and Director Horticulture Bijaya Ketan Upadhyay graced the occasion.

In fact Odisha stands as Number One in the country both in Sweet Potato production and consumption.

While area coverage is 40,409 Hectare and Production of Sweet Potato is 3.82 Lakhs MT.
 
Odisha Government and International Potato Center(CIP) have joined hands to boost farmers income and nutrition through GAINS project in Odisha
 
Sweet Potato is used as food and animal feed in Odisha. And it is organically grown in most parts of Odisha and requires minimum farm inputs with maximum yields.
 
Sweet Potato is culturally and religiously important for people of Odisha and it is used in Mahaprasad at Lord Jagannath temple in Puri.
 
Sweet Potato is liked by all age groups especially Children and could be served in Mid-day meal of residential schools.
 
Orange fleshed Sweet potato rich in Vitamin A is gaining importance in Odisha and helps largely malnourished population in the state
 
Farm mechanization in sweet potato has been introduced in Odisha and first time in the country through GAINS project to increase farmers’ income and reduce cost of cultivation.
 
Sweet Potato is considered as a Disaster relief crop because its hardy and withstands well during cyclone and drought conditions.
 
Sweet Potato is rich in carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and essential micronutrients.
 
Sweet Potato has good market opportunities both for direct consumption and processed products.

Two varieties, namely Kanjangad and BidhanJyothi are widely popular due to better growing and nutritious characteristics.Orange fleshed sweetpotato rich in vitamin-A has been introduced on a large scale.
 
GAINS project was implemented from 2013-14 to 2016-17 in collaboration with International Potato Center (CIP) in Ganjam, Dhenkanal, Koraput and Sundargarh districts and demonstration was made in 1325 Hectare.
 
Through this project, seed system (Vines) was strengthen to assure availability of good quality of planting materials.
 
About 6000 beneficiaries reached directly through GAINS project interventions.
 
GAINS Phase –II project is implemented from 2018-19 to 2020-21 in Angul, Gajapati, Rayagada and Keonjhar districts with 1683 hectare area demonstration, said Director Horticulture Dr.Upadhyay.
 
Sweet Potato is considered a disaster relief crop that survives the cyclonic storms, thus ensuring food security to farmers after disasters.
 
CTCRI, Bhubaneswar has been assisted for establishment Processing Unit of Sweet Potato like; Chips Slicer, Twin Screw Extruder, Pasta machine, Deep Fryer, Mixture and Dough making machine, Pulverizer etc.


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