Several initiatives Launched To Boost Kharif Crop Production
The COVID-19 outbreak and cyclone Amphan has hit Odisha both economically and socially. To recover from the damage done in the agriculture sector, the Odisha government has set a target to produce 96 lakh metric tonne of food grains during the Kharif season this year. This target is to be achieved by commencing cultivation in an area of 61.80 lakh hectare during the Kharif season.
“Major thrust has been given on crop diversification by increasing area under pulses, oilseeds and other remunerative crops like spices and vegetables,” said Sourabh Garg, secretary agriculture and farmers’ empowerment department.
The following benefits and government schemes have been designed to aid farmers across the state:
-About 1,03,000 ponds will be developed to employ migrant workers.
-About 19,900 hectares of land will be used to conduct plantation activities and engage the rural workforce.
-The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana will be implemented by the state government to cover 30 lakh farmers during the Kharif season. Additionally, Rs 9000 crores of credit will be distributed to farmers through cooperative institutions during the season.
-A loan amount of Rs 2,649 crores has been provided to over six lakh farmers in this Kharif season to mitigate risk.
-About 750 self-help groups and 4,026 joint liability groups have been sanctioned a loan amount of Rs 10.78 crores and Rs 23.38 crores respectively
-A total of 171 Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies(PACS) have been engaged to procure pulses and oilseeds in the year 2020.
Notably, around 60% of Odisha’s population depends on the agricultural sector. To keep the industry going, a 200 crore package has been announced for farmers who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This scheme will cover 25 lakh farmers across the state.