NEW DELHI: Odisha on Saturday received Krishi Karman Award for fourth-time in total food grains (Category-II) for 2014-15.
It bagged the award for achieving a record food grain production of 118.24 lakh tonne in 2014-15.
Agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy received the Krishi Karman Award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a special function held at IARI, Pusa, New Delhi.
The award consists of a trophy, citation and cash amount of Rs. 5.00 crore, said a release.
Also, two progressive farmers were also given “Agriculture Minister’s Krishi Karman Award for Progressive farmers” at the award ceremony. Each farmer got a cash prize of Rs. 2.00 lakh.
Dillip Kumar Baral of village Resinga, Nimapara block of Puri district got Progressive Farmers’ Award for record moong production and Anita Patel of village Khairatikri, Sonepur block of Subarnapur district bagged the award for record paddy production.
The performance of the two farmers was backed by evidence of assessments in crop cutting experiments and other methods of documentation of production conducted by the state government during the year 2014- 15.
Baral had been able to achieve a record 21 quintal moong production per hectare whereas Patel achieved a record 36 quintal paddy production, the release added.