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APC To Trigger Growth

State Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment Minister Arun Sahoo on Monday said that Promotion of Agriculture Production Cluster in Tribal Regions of Odisha will trigger growth in farm sector with an objective of sustainable-doubling the income of one-lakh small and marginal farmers.

He said these Agriculture Production Clusters (APCs) will be set up in 40 backward blocks of 12 tribal dominated districts in the state over a period of four years with an investment outlay of Rs 401.6 crore.

This is one project of Department of Agriculture and Farmers' Empowerment, in collaboration with Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department, Bharat Rural livelihoods Foundation (BR I. F), and PRADAN (Professional Assistance for Development Action), he said.

Notably, the existing schemes with Directorate of Horticulture, Directorate of Agriculture, Animal resource department, OEM, OUC, OAIC, APICOLand other relevant Departments are being converged for creation of livelihood infrastructures of farmers in this region.

A total 650 producer groups (PGs) and 30 Producers company (PC) are being promoted and will be involved in synchronized market linked production and 50 markets-linked Agri-Entrepreneurs will be groomed and nested as value chain enablers in these regions.

As a sustainable measure non-pesticidal management (NPM) practices will be introduced in 40 per cent of the areas.

To augment the livelihoods of the farmers livestock rearing (Goat, Sheep and BYP rearing) are being planned with around 40,000 families in these clusters.

Livelihood assets like irrigation in 16,000 acres, orchard development in 8,000 acres, farm mechanization access to 70,000 farmers and shed for Goat and Backyard poultry with 30,000 farmers are being converged from existing schemes.

Among others who attended the meeting were Principal Secretary Agriculture, Saurabh Garg, Director of Agriculture Food Production M Muthukumar, Director Horticulture Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya, Joint CEO ORMAS Sujaya Kar.  

10 institutional market players such as Mother Diary, Safe Harvest, AKM Groups, NeMI, S4S Technologies and IFFCO KISAN attended the meeting



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