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State govt sanctions 47 new agri, allied projects for implementation during FY18




 In another step towards enhancing farmers’ income, the State government has sanctioned 47 new projects in agriculture, food production and allied sectors for implementation during 2017-18, said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

The projects were sanctioned at a State Level Sanctioning Committee Meeting of Rastriya Krushi Vikash Yojana (RKVY) held under the chairmanship of the chief secretary here today.  Padhi said different departments presented various technical, administrative and financial facets of the proposed projects. While giving nod to the projects, the chief secretary directed to make the projects more outcome oriented and ensure that each product adds to farmers’ production and productivity. 

Replying to media queries after the meeting, Principal Secretary Agriculture Manoj Ahuja said that 50 project proposals were examined in the meeting. As many as 47 projects involving investment of around Rs 150 crore were sanctioned. These projects would be taken up during the current year. “The major projects sanctioned included  crop insurance decision support system with technology application, setting up of State bio-pesticide laboratory, renovation of seed testing laboratory, e-Paste surveillance and management of vegetable crop, setting up of biological control laboratory,   establishment of mini soil testing laboratory, alternate seed system for rain fed crops, cold store centric potato incentivization  programme, development of tanks and ponds for Intensive aquaculture, establishment of multiplication center and hatchery for producing genetically improved Tilapia which would provide more income to small scale farmers, 50,000 LPD composite milk product plant at Jagannathpur, establishment of an operational blood bank for cattle in Odisha, development of modern wholesale market at Mohura, Bhubaneswar, Development of modern wholesale market at Rourkela, enhancing livelihood through value-chain intervention and Modernization of State Cooperative Mill at Aska”, Ahuja informed.

The official added that RKVY was started in Odisha in the year 2007-08. Till now around 615 major projects have been implemented in the State under the scheme. Out of this 379 projects have been completed and other 236 projects are ongoing as per year wise time schedule. The scheme is run with funding support from the Centre and State government on 60:40 ratio. “For the year 2017-18, the Union government so far has allocated Rs 205.19 crore against which the State government has provided Rs 136.79 crore”, he added. Sources said the State government has made budgetary provision of Rs 707.55 crore against the scheme for the year 2017-18.






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