20 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today dubbed farmers as the drivers of Odisha's development.
"Farmer is the driver of Odisha's development. Odisha's reputation has gone up because of the hard work and sincerity of farmers," said Patnaik on the occasion of the inauguration of Krushi Odisha 2020.
The Chief Minister opined that farmers are the strength of the country as well as of the economy, development of farmers raises the country's glory and pride.
"I want farmers of my State to live with dignity. He should stay ahead in agriculture by using new technology. Farming families should always remain happy," said Patnaik.
He asked farmers to avail benefits of the various agriculture schemes of the State government and make farming a profitable occupation. He added that his government is committed to the development of agriculture and farmers.
The Chief Minister unveiled the new agriculture policy SAMRIDHI which was approved by the Cabinet towards the end of last year.
Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture and Farmers' Empowerment Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo threw light on the different achievements of the State in the field of agriculture. He credited these achievements to the farming community of the State.
On the occasion, Chief Minister felicitated 10 successful farmers and handed over appointment letters to newly recruited Assistant Agriculture Officers.
As many as 228 stalls have been opened at Krushi Odisha 2020.
Several agriprenuers are showcasing their products in these stalls at the exhibition which will be held till January 24 at the Janta Maidan here.
Among others, Agriculture Production Commissioner Pradipta Mohapatra, Union Fertilizer Secretary Chhabindra Roul spoke on the occasion.