Orissa unveils new agriculture policy
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Bhubaneswar(Orissa): In an attempt to take-off the farm sector in Orissa, the Naveen Patnaik led Govt on Saturday announced new agriculture policy for the State replacing the one that was adopted way back in 1996.

The new policy emphasises on the supply of quality seeds to the farmers, use of modern technology in the field, marketing linkage to agricultural products and establishment of cold storages.

The policy also emphasized on the development of irrigation facilities in the State.

As per the new agriculture policy, a seed centre would be established in each block of the State. It has also put stress on establishment of seeds procurement centre.

Steps would be taken up for establishment of seeds testing centre and mobile seeds distribution centres, the policy said.

Seed treatment campaign would be launched through out the State for the quality control of the seed.

The Govt. has also announced slew of measures for the farm community. The subsidy has been increased from 30 to 50 per cent to set up shallow well, dug well and riverbed lift under the "Jalanidhi scheme".

Similarly under the sprinkling irrigation facilities, the subsidy has been hiked from 55 to 70%, the policy says.

The new policy also talks about increase in seed replacement ratio, especially in case of paddy and pulses, to achieve higher productivity.

The certified seed production would be stepped up through seed village programme and in state agriculture farms, the policy further said.

The Government has increased the subsidy amount to 50 per cent from 33 per cent for purchase of diesel pump sets. Earlier, Government gave a subsidy of 33 per cent and now it would be increased to Rs 10,000.

The State Government has also decided to introduce a new policy for development of horticulture for five districts including, Jaipur, Kendrapara, Bouda, Jharsuguda and Bhadrak.

As per the new policy the State Government has also decided to set up three market yards in place between Bhubaneswar- Cuttack, Berhampur and Sambalpur to give a boost to marketing linkage to the farm products.

These marketing yards would be developed on a PPP mode and set up in an area of 60 hectres of land, the policy said.

Govt has also decided to set up Mandis in nearly 118 blocks to facilitate the marketing product.

Steps would also be taken to encourage the private entrepreneurs to set up cold storage.

The Govt would provide 40% subsidy to the entrepreneurs for this purpose and power would be provided at cheaper rate to the cold storage.

They would be treated as agro-industrial consumer and per each unit of power consumption they would be charged only Rs 1.10.

As per the new policy a model sapling development centre would be set up in each block in the State.

25 per cent subsidy would be given for establishment of agricultural related industries and a maximum of Rs 25 lakh subsidy would be given for this purpose, the policy statement says.

Steps would also be taken to felicitate farmers and opening of the agro kiosks. Steps would also be taken to introduce IT technology in the field of agriculture.



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