KALIA will pave path for progress of farmers in country: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said KALIA scheme will not only pave path for the progress of the farmers of Odisha, but also of the whole country.

He said it is the biggest scheme of the state government with the spending of Rs 10,000 crore.

It is an ideal scheme for the farmers of whole country, said the Chief Minister after inaugurating the five-day-long ‘Krushi Odisha-2019’ here.

 “In 2014 I had promised to irrigate 10 lakh hectares more agricultural land. In the last four years, we have spent Rs 30,000 crores on irrigation. Today, we have been able to irrigate 8 lakh hectares of land. Till April 2019, we’ll reach our goal,” he informed.

“Odisha has been a pioneering State in bringing out agrarian reforms. We have been presenting separate Agriculture Budgets since the last six with massive increase in allocation for the sector,” said Patnaik.

He said the state government has intensified its efforts to enhance farmers’ income with sustainable agricultural practices by promoting efficient extension and production technology, post harvest solutions, effective value addition and remunerative market options.