New Delhi: Odia Samaj, New Delhi on Friday organised a webinar on the topic “Odisha Ra Krushi O Atmanirvarata”.
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said with the enactment of new farm acts and liberalization of policies, now farmers are going to enjoy more freedom in production, storage and marketing of their products.
He said, all policy makers, social organizations, banking institutions and intellectuals should come forward and join hands to create an eco-system in Odisha with the aim to make at least 1 lakh youth self-reliant in agriculture sector.
Pradhan said the Government of India is going to give all statutory clearance for production of ethanol from sugarcane, rice and corn.
The Minister also put emphasis on generation of energy from biomass, industrial and household waste and production of bio-diesel from forest produce.
“With this, we would be able to save Rs.1,00,000 crores from energy imports,” he added.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary & DG, ICAR gave his viewpoints on various pre-harvest interventions required for enhancing farm productivity, diversification of agri-allied mix, agri production clusters, and deployment of technology in agricultural sector.
Mohapatra laid emphasis on farmers in Odisha following good agricultural practices and integrated farming techniques that will help them in enhancing productivity.
He also gave information about research, skill based education and extension programmes available for students and research fellows in the field of agriculture and other allied sectors and proposed to introduce more diploma courses in agriculture and allied sectors which will produce more agro-entrepreneurs.
Odisha Agriculture secretary Saurabh Garg gave an insightful presentation on agriculture roadmap in Odisha and briefed about the current scenario of Odisha’s agriculture and allied sectors.
Garg said as part of One District One Product programme, Odisha aims to encourage various indigenous agro and allied sector products in horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries etc. in all the 30 districts of Odisha.