Odisha bags Commendation Award for agriculture

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has been conferred with the Krishi Karman Award for Total Foodgrains Production in the year 2016-17.

Odisha bags “Commendation Award” in agriculture for total food grain production in the year 2016-17.

Agriculture Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo received the award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a special programme held at Tumakur in Karnataka on Thursday.

The award consists of a trophy, citation and a cash amount of Rs 1 crore.

Odisha’s Additional Chief Secretary and Agricultural Production Commissioner, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra and Director, Agriculture and Food Production, M Muthukumar were also present on the occasion.

Notably, Odisha has won the Krishi Karman Award for the fifth time.

On the occasion, the PM also released the 3rd installment of PM Kisan (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi) of Rs 2000 for the period December 2019 – March 2020.

This will benefit approximately 6 crore beneficiaries and distributed Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) to select farmers of Karnataka.

He hoped that the States that haven’t implemented the ‘PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana’, will do it and political parties will rise over politics to help the farmers in their States.

Prime Minister said that due to the efforts of the government, both the production and export of spices from India has increased considerably.

“Spice production in India has increased by more than 2.5 million tons, so the export has also increased from about Rs 15 thousand crores to about Rs 19 thousand crores,” he said.