Bhubaneswar: The Odisha authorities has began an formidable initiative of crop diversification in mega carry level ( MILP) ayacut areas of the State, as a step in direction of enhancing the money return to the farmers and creation of subsidiary employment alternatives within the agricultural sector.
The motion plan for the approaching Kharif season in direction of this impact was mentioned in a high-level assembly chaired by Chief Secretary Suresh Chnadra Mahapatra on the Lokseba Bhawan.
Emphasizing the optimistic influence of crop diversification on the agricultural sector of the economic system, Mahapatra directed to reinforce non-paddy cultivation in MILP areas throughout the ensuing Kharif season.
Improvement Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena mentioned, “There’s a potentiality of non-paddy cultivation in additional than 70% of the MILP ayacut areas”
Extra Chief Secretary and Agriculture Manufacturing Commissioner Raj Kumar Sharma suggested enterprise intensive consciousness and engagements with farmers for effecting actual adjustments at floor degree.
Principal Secretary Water Assets Anu Garg appraised that the ayacuts can be redesigned and water provide can be regulated as per the necessities of non-paddy crops.
With due deliberation, the goal was set to attain non-paddy cultivation in 60% of the MILP ayacut areas throughout the coming cropping seasons.
Additional, Mahapatra directed to evaluate the annual non-paddy requirement for utilization in numerous programmes like PDS, MDM, ICDS supplementary diet programmes, residential college hostels and so forth.
The division was additionally requested to discover totally different advertising and marketing amenities of non-paddy merchandise via e-NAM, Markfed and on-line advertising and marketing programs each within the Authorities and personal sectors.
The small print of the procurement plan had been mentioned within the assembly. Presently, non-paddy produces are being procured via agricultural major cooperative societies.
The proposal for involving WSHGs and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) within the procurement course of was given in-principle approval by the Chief Secretary.
The Chief Secretary additionally directed to “begin early engagement with farmers earlier than the onset of the following Kharif season”.
Secretary Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Suresh Kumar Vashishth appraised, “The overall ayacut space of the MILPs is round 1.22.835 hectares. As per the current irrigation design, every outlet is programmed to irrigate 20 hectares. In the intervening time, precise crop space and cropping sample of those ayacut areas have been assessed. Preparations have been performed via Nafed, Markfed, CCI, TDCC and JCI for procurement of the non-paddy produces”.
Director Agriculture Muthu Kumar offered the feasibility of district- smart programme for non-paddy merchandise like greens, pulses, sesamum, ragi and maize, sugarcane, cotton, maize, groundnut and ragi. He additionally appraised that the Directorate of Horticulture is making ready an internet portal for market engagement and FPO operations. The system for advertising and marketing via E-NAM can be being strengthened.
District-wise goal was set for the cultivation of non-paddy merchandise as per the inputs obtained from totally different districts. Bold goal was set to attain 100% crop diversification within the Ganjam district and greater than 70% diversification within the districts like Bargarh, Gajpati, Koraput, Malkanagiri, Nabarangpur.
Greater than 50% diversification goal was set for Kalahandi, Rayagada and Sambalpur districts. Crop smart yield price, value of manufacturing and internet revenue for non-paddy merchandise had been additionally mentioned within the assembly and it was determined to make the farmers conscious of it via an intensive marketing campaign.
Improvement Commissioner P Ok Jena, Extra Chief Secretary and Agriculture Manufacturing Commissioner R Ok Sharma, Principal Secretary Finance Ashok Kumar Meena, Principal Secretary Water Assets Anu Garg, Secretary Cooperation Veer Vikram Yadhav, Director Agriculture Muthu Kumar together with senior officers and engineers of involved departments participated within the deliberations.