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FMTTI to come up in State soon




 Odisha is all set to have a Central Farm Machinery Training and Testing Institute (FMTTI) at Basantpur in Sambalpur district.

A Central Team of the Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers’ Empowerment (DACFW) has recommended the site in Western Odisha, said sources.

A senior official in DACFW revealed that the Central Team which visited Basantpur in Sambalpur district and Laudigaon and Baliapata in Ganjam found Basantpur as most suitable for the Institute which is expected to help the State to improve efficiency in agriculture operations.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had approached Union Minister Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment to sanction a FMTTI in State, he said adding that the Chief Minister in his letter that the State has 10 agro-climatic zones and hence there is a need to ensure quick testing of implements and machineries developed for different agro-climatic conditions, said the sources.

There is also a need for providing training to farmers on operation, repair and maintenance of the implements and machineries as the FMT TI at Biswanathcharialli in Assam – to cater to the needs of the Eastern states -- is unable to meet the requirement of Odisha to the desired extent, the sources added.

According to the sources, the Chief Minister said as the Union Government is planning to set up more such institutions in the country, one FMTTI may be set up in State to meet the needs of the State as well as of the neighboring states.

The State government will provide all assistance required for the project including land and water, the Chief Minister assured adding the State has been laying emphasis on farm mechanization with an objective of improving efficiency in agriculture operations for cost reduction, increased productivity and an increase in farmers income.

For enhancing widespread use of farm machinery, the State government has enhanced subsidy in its State Agriculture Policy, 2013, Patnaik said in his letter.

In the meantime the Union Government has approved one each FMTTI for Bihar, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.






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