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Role Of Vets & Agri Officers Commendable In Strengthening Rural Economy: Odisha CM

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01 November 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: Inaugurating the workshop on “Enhancing Farmers’ Income through Upgrading Animal Resources, Role of Veterinary Officers” organized by the Fisheries & Animal Resources Development Department, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik extolled the role of veterinarians and agriculture officers in strengthening the rural economy of the State.

In his keynote address, the Chief Minister said, “I’m glad that 240 veterinary doctors and 39 Assistant Agriculture Officers are joining the government service today. I congratulate the officers of both the departments.”

He stated, “My Government is also taking exclusive steps to fill up the vacant posts, both in technical and non-technical cadres, in agriculture and allied sectors.”

“I would like to commend the role of veterinarians and agriculture officers in strengthening our rural economy since about 90% of farmers of the State are small and marginal farmers. The livestock sector immensely delivers in promoting dairy, goat, sheep and poultry farming as additional activities which contribute substantially to enhancing the income and well-being of farmers,” remarked the Chief Minister.

He concluded, “I wish the news recruits a very successful career. I’m sure they will serve the State for the larger cause of our farmers.”

Odisha Agriculture and Farmers' Empowerment, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development Minister Pradeep Maharathy informed media, “In 2017-18, we have produced 57 lakh litres of milk while it was 50 lakh litres in 2013-14.”

He further informed, “In 2017-18, milk produced about 60,000-70,000 litres was supplied to Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Similarly in 2017-18, 57 lakhs of egg production was per day which in 2014-15 was 52 lakh.”

The Minister stated, “Our target is to make Odisha self-reliant in egg production by 2020.”

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

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Pradeep Maharathy, Minister, Agriculture, Fisheries & Animal Resources, Odisha