“Today, Kandhamal Turmeric, Similipal Honey, Koraput Coffee have created their own brand values across the globe for their exceptional qualities.”
Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has stressed upon linking farmers directly to market and removing intermediaries with the objective to improve the income of farmers. Development of agriculture and empowerment of farmers is his priority, he said.
Inaugurating the Odisha Agri Conclave 2021 on virtual platform on October 8, Patnaik said that the emphasis of the state government is to enhance the income of farmers.
“So we must respond to the dynamics of the market. We need to streamline their connectivity to the aggregators and processors to play the role as producers. We need to remove intermediaries who don’t add value to the supply chain,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that Odisha aspires to become the investment destination of choice by continuously creating and delivering outstanding opportunities for business growth, fostering all round socio-economic development for the state and its people. Agri and allied sectors of the state is now open to national and global players, he said.
Stating that the Agri Conclave 2021 has been organised to link farmers of Odisha to organised national market, Patnaik invited the top agri-business leaders to be partners in scripting the growth story of agribusiness in Odisha.
He said that farmers lay the foundation of nation’s economy. “It is on this foundation, we build the pillars of a vibrant economy.”
He expressed happiness over the presence of Leading Private Sector Players in Agribusiness Sector from across India in this Conclave 2021.
He further said that our farmer-focused approach backed by various schemes and programmes have started to yield results. There is considerable evidence of local surplus of agriculture and horticulture produce. “We can work with agri players to work in tandem so that appropriate pre-harvest and post-harvest protocols are followed by the farming community.”
The Chief Minister stressed that the farmers of the state should use advanced technology.
Citing challenges of frequent natural calamities including droughts, cyclones and floods, he said that his government has worked out all possible measures to ensure un-interrupted growth of Agriculture and Economy of the state. It is now evident that agri-sector is a silver lining in the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, he added.
Describing Odisha’s success, Patnaik said that the State has attained self-sufficiency in food production, and it is now the third largest contributor to nation public distribution system.
Highlighting Odisha’s advantage in agriculture, he said that we are one of the leading producers of cereals including millets, vegetables, fruits, spices, fishes, and seafood and poultry products. Some of the key produces that are available for value addition are seafood, cashew-nut, organic millets, turmeric, coffee, black pepper, mango, jackfruit, sweet potato, tamarind, honey etc. “Today, Kandhamal Turmeric, Similipal Honey, Koraput Coffee have created their own brand values across the globe for their exceptional qualities.”
Speaking on state’s policy framework for various sectors, Patnaik said that we have introduced separate Agriculture budget for the state and have a robust State Agriculture Policy `Samrudhi-2020’.