29 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: In a bid to further augment the income of our farmers, a two-day workshop on "Doubling Farmers' Income: Exploring Path Ways for Cooperatives in Odisha" began today here in the State capital city. It is slated to be held today (August 29) and tomorrow (August 30) at the Conference Hall of Odisha State Cooperative Bank here.
While the workshop was inaugurated by Odisha Food Supply & Consumer Welfare and Cooperation Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain, Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Briefing media, Arun Sahoo said, “The farmers depend on the support from the banks. In Odisha, the Cooperation Department is standing firmly behind the farmers. Whatever amount of bank loan is provided to the farmers during the Kharif and Rabi seasons, 80% is lent by our Cooperative Banks.”
“The aim and objective of this workshop organized by the Cooperation Department is to explore path ways to further strengthen the wing so that the farmers get more developed. I have also requested the Cooperation Minister to see that the nationalized commercial banks should also come forward in great number to support the farmers. It is a fact that our farmers are mostly benefitted by the Cooperation Department.”
Talking about increasing the income of the farmers, the Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister informed, “In 2002-03, a farmer in our State used to earn Rs 1062 while the amount has increased to Rs 7,731 by 2015-16. Hence, the income of our farmers has increased seven times and the growth has clocked 16.5% per annum. Thus, our growth rate is more than other States.
Odisha Cooperation Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain in his media reactions said, “Our focus area is how to double up the income of our farmers. It means they need job at hand. For providing job opportunity, investment is required accordingly. Thus, deliberations will be made on how the investment will be made to the allied sector and multiple sectors like dairy development, poultry, etc.”
He added, “Whatever new suggestions come forth in the context of Odisha will be looked into. We have suggested that 40% of Odisha’s population belongs to the ST and SC communities. This is to be given priority and also keeping the case of our women in the background as we are stressing on gender equality. The schemes and plans should be made accordingly. This is the purpose of this workshop being organized for the first time. Hope, it will turn out to be very fruitful.”
“In the last five years, our farmers have achieved double income target. We have bagged Krushi Karman Award five times. Our State in this regard is ahead. Whatever experiment we are going to do, we are hopeful that it will be very fruitful,” he reiterated.