28 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: In a bid to augment the income of farmers through improved productivity in horticultural produce, cultivation of alternative tuber crops in maize eco-system, aromatic grasses in unutilized land and extraction of aromatic oil from lemongrass, turmeric, eucalyptus round the year, Odisha Chief Minister today launched farm-based S&T interventions for tribal-dominated Nabarangpur district.
An amount of Rs 520.88 lakh has been sanctioned for the project for the year 2019-20.
Briefing media on the occasion, Odisha Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister Arun Sahoo said, “Odisha Government in partnership with 12 agencies of Government of India, such CSIR, ICAR, DBT, ICMR, etc, has taken up Nabarangpur district as the pilot project to augment the socio-economic development of the farmers there.”
“For example, eucalyptus grows there in huge quantity. Thus, we are trying to extract aromatic oil from it. We are trying to plant there more lemongrass and extract aromatic oil. The farmers will earn more. Also higher quality turmeric farming and extracting oil from its leaves. These initiatives will augment the income of the farmers there,” he stated.
As per a press note released on the occasion, “The outcomes shall be assessed and on successful achievements of the envisaged goals, the activities shall be expanded in future including that of tying up with other schemes of Government to create common facility centres for local processing of agro products and entrepreneurship development.”
The multi-dimensional pilot project is an initiative of the Odisha Government’s Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment in partnership with national R&D agencies under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY).
The project plans to demonstrate innovative technologies available with Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Agricultural Reseach (ICAR), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of Government of India with a view to delivering socio-economic benefits to the farming community in Nabarangpur.
It envisages interventions on introduction of new and better variety of planting materials,, cultivation of tuber crops and cash crops particularly aromatic oil containg plants, water harvesting and integrated farming, pest-harvest processing and value addition, development of fishery and poultry, nutritional garden for meeting challenges of impaired nourishment, monitoring of risk factors in nutritional deficiency, utilization of renewable energy for agro-processing and agriculture, the press note stated.