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Focus On Crop Diversification

Sambalpur: Sanjeev Kumar Chadha, Principal Secretary Co-operation said that to further increase farmers’ incomes, there is a need to focus more on allied sectors like fisheries, poultry, dairy, and livestock, adding that there is a need to diversify crop patterns from paddy to several cash crops.

Addressing the valedictory session of the first Paschima Odisha Krushi Mela, jointly organized by Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) and Department of Agriculture and Farmer Empowerment, Government of Odisha in association with FICCI, Shri Chadha, who is also special Secretary Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment said that the department had recently formed a committee under his chairmanship.

The committee has submitted its report to the state government wherein the major recommendation is focus on crop diversification. The committee has also recommended focusing on an allied sector. He further added that the report also calls for the creation of a large-scale cooperative society in the dairy sector for further progress.

Speaking at the session, Pravat Aditya Mishra, Chairman, APICOL, Odisha said that the Mela, a first of its kind being held in western Odisha, has provided an opportunity to successful farmers to come to the forefront. He also spoke about disbursing subsidies to farmers by the government.

Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Chandra Dalai, RDC, Sambalpur, said, that such events present farmers an opportunity to connect with technology. He added that farmers, through the ‘Go Sugam’ portal, can register and purchase 15 types of agri equipment like tractors, power tiller, harvesters, rice mills, among others. He further added that 415 farmers have registered on the portal, which amounts to INR 6.52 crores. The Mela, he said, will link western Odisha farmers with mechanized farming.

Delivering the welcome address, Ananya Das, Collector, Sambalpur, said that farmers have learnt and benefited from the seminars held at the mela. She hoped that the success stories of the farmers would also inspire other farmers of the state.

Yeddula Vijay, Director, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Odisha; Hemant Kumar Panda, Director, SC & WD and other senior officials were present at the session.

45 progressive farmers from districts of western Odisha were awarded for their exemplary works in the agricultural sector.

The Paschima Odisha Krushi Mela in the last two days has received an overwhelming response from farmers and locals. The exhibition has registered over 5,000 visitor footfalls.