The Odisha Government has decided to invest Rs150 crore during 2017-18 for implementation of 47 new projects in agriculture, food production and allied sectors for enhancing the income of farmers.
The projects include establishment of a mini soil testing laboratory, alternate seed system for rain-fed crops, cold store centric potato incentivisation programme, development of tanks and ponds for intensive aquaculture, setting up multiplication centre and hatchery for producing genetically improved Tilapia fish which would provide more income to small scale farmers.
Besides, the sanctioned projects include crop insurance support system with technology application, setting up of state bio-pesticide laboratory, renovation of seed testing laboratory, e-pest surveillance and management of vegetable crop. All the projects will be taken up under the Rashtriya Krushi Vikash Yojana ( RKVY).Establishment of an operational blood bank for cattle in Odisha, development of modern wholesale market at Mohura, Bhubaneswar and Rourkela are also in the pipeline.
Source – www.newindianexpress.com