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MoUs Inked With International Agencies For Odisha’s Agricultural Development: Minister


31 July 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: In a bid to effect further development in the agricultural sector and make the farmers more empowered, Odisha Government has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several international agencies having expertise.

This was informed in the Assembly by Odisha Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo.

The Minister apprised the House that MoU has been signed with various international agencies in order to increase the crop production in both Kharif and Rabi seasons as well as develop further the agriculture sector in Odisha.

To use modern technique and technology and high quality seed for paddy crop, an MoU has been inked with Philippines.

Detailing on the objectives of the project, the Minister informed:

1.    Strengthening of formal and informal seed systems.

2.    Ensuring local availability of quality seed of high yielding flood, drought or salt tolerant rice varieties.

3.    Enhancing adoption of new high yielding and stress tolerant rice varieties.

4.    Characterization and management of rice followed by promoting other suitable crops particularly pulses.

5.    Promotion of rice crop manager for more efficient and cost-effective management of rice crop.

6.    Establishment of knowledge bank for State of Odisha.

7.    Farmers’ empowerment to choose suitable technology options.

8.    Capacity building of development agriculture officials, extension workers, scientists, progressive farmers and students.

9.    Reducing crop insurance premium by linking it with risk reducing technologies like flood or drought tolerant rice varieties and reduce time assessment of crop damage to settle claims quickly.

Interventions:

1.    Strengthening seed system of stress tolerant rice varieties through innovative demonstrations and extension approaches in Odisha.

2.    Targeting Rice-Follows: A cropping System Based Extrapolation Domain Approach.

3.    Raising productivity & profitability of rice-based cropping system in Odisha through Rice Crop Manager.

4.    Inclusive development through knowledge, innovative extension methods, network and capacity building in Odisha.

5.    Science-based crop insurance.

Detailing on the RKVY (Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana) projects implemented through international institutions, the Minister also apprised the House about South African (Nairobi, Kenya) agencies. He informed about the International Centre for Research in Agro Forestry (ICRAF) through the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

The other international organizations are ‘International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)’, ‘International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT)’, ‘The World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC)’, ‘International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT)’, ‘M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)’ and ‘Precision Agricultural for Development India Foundation (PADIF)’, ‘International Potato Centre’ and ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’.