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Odisha to get Krishi Karman Award for fourth time

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha has been selected to get the Krishi Karman Award for the year 2014-15, which is the fourth time in last five years.

The state has been selected for Krishi Karman Award in total food grains production in category II. The award consists of a trophy, citation and a cash amount of Rs 5 crore.

Besides, two progressive farmers will be selected from Odisha to get Agriculture Minister’s Krishi Karman Award for Progressive Farmers at the award function.

“Our state has once again been selected for the prestigious Krishi Karman Award for the year 2014-15. Our state has won this award for the Fourth time in the last five years and has been a trendsetter in agriculture for other states in the country,” said a release from Chief Minister’s Office.

The cabinet dedicated this stupendous achievement to the hard working farmers of the state. The cabinet also resolved to continue with efforts in improving the agriculture scenario and empowering the farming community.

It also appreciated the efforts of the agriculture department from VAW to the highest level in this regard.

“Agricultural production has more than doubled in the last 15 years in our state. Adoption of modern technology, continuously improving seed replacement ratio along with better irrigation and extension services has improved agricultural productivity substantially,” said the release.

This is supplemented by the easy flow of credit at concessional rates of interest to farmers, creation of corpus funds for fertilisers, pesticides and seeds and introduction of a separate Budget for Agriculture.