Bhubaneswar, October, 06 (Odisha.in) In order to increase agricultural growth and to develop agrarian infrastructure, Orissa would replicate the twin central programs-Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana (RKVY) and National Food Security Mission (NFSM).
“It would help the state increase production of paddy, wheat and pulses increase the income for farmers and generate employment for the unemployed”, said the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here after a high level meeting.
Fifteen out of the total 30 districts have been identified for paddy and ten districts for pulses cultivation under the program and the centre would be requested to take up wheat cultivation in potential districts.
The agriculture department has prepared a initial plan with an estimated cost of Rs.850 crore, under the NFSM, which has a total outlay of Rs.5000 crore, to implement the program.
Besides, state would send an action plan being prepared at the district level after the approval by the planning and coordination department in the state-level, for availing desired assistance out of the RKVY, said an official of the agriculture department.
The Chief Minister ,while clearing the ambitious state krishi vikah yojana advised to pay special attention at the planning process for the development of agricultural infrastructure and to involve the Pani Panchayats and Women Self Help Groups at the time of grass-root level planning .
There should be a focus on provision of agricultural inputs like seeds, fertilizers and water management at the time of preparation of action plan, he said.
With the implementation of the ambitious twin central programs the agricultural growth rate of Orissa, which hovers around 3 per cent at present as against the national average of only 1.5 per cent, is expected to touch 4 per cent during the 11th plan period.
Under the program crop specific planning would be taken up basing on the agro-climatic zone for increase the yield of paddy,wheat and pulses, the Agriculture Minister, Surendra Nath Nayak said.