Nod For Agri Projects

In another step towards strengthening of agricultural infrastructure and enhancing farmers’ income, State Government on 2 February sanctioned twenty new projects estimated around Rs 350 crore for implementation during the current year.

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi accorded sanction to these projects at the State Level Sanctioning Committee Meeting of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) here.

Agriculture Production Commissioner Gagan Kumar Dhal, Principal Secretary Finance  Ashok Kumar Meena, Director Agriculture M Muthukumar along with Secretaries  of concerned departments  and members of the SLSC participated in the discussions.

While approving the projects, Padhi directed the officials of project implementing departments and agencies to complete the projects within the schedule time and ensure proper delivery of the services to the farmers.
Mr.Padhi directed that all projects should ensure more income to farmers of the State.
Principal Secretary Agriculture and Farmer’s Empowerment Saurabh Garg presenting the projects submitted by different departments outlined their financial and technical aspects.
He also highlighted necessity of the projects in the light of their direct benefit to the farmers, said officials.
A total 28 projects were presented by the project proponents and considering their importance and feasibility, the Chief Secretary accorded approval to 20.
These projects, will be financed both by the Central and State Government on 60:40 sharing basis during the current financial year.
The major projects approved included popularization of agricultural machinery in the State (Rs24.85cr), strengthening of  phytosanitary laboratory for issue of phytosanitary  certificate (Rs 20.1cr), pest surveillance through light trap for crop protection (Rs 94.3cr), strengthening up of Biological Control Laboratories (Rs 30.5 cr), waste management and generation of organic compost ( Rs 59.05cr), training cum campaign on safe use of pesticides  (Rs 73 cr).
Similarly, modernization and expansion of spices processing unit at Kandhamal (Rs 10 cr), potato cultivation during Khariff season in Koraput district (Rs 91.83 cr), capacity building of farmers (Rs 27.20 cr), establishment of  semi commercial layer units through women self help groups (Rs 47.60 cr), establishment of one stop aqua shop with multipurpose Go-down and flake ice machine at Rahma (Rs 10.7 cr), establishment of mini fish feed manufacturing plant at FSHP, OPDC (Rs16.6 cr), and supplementing livelihood options for PVTGs through field based cropping (Rs 15.88 crore), said an official.

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