Report by Pratap Pradhan, Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to unveil Odisha Agriculture Policy-2013 on Akshaya Tritiya. This was informed by the Agriculture minister Debi Prasad Mishra.
Odisha is an agrarian state. Almost TOOK: population of the state dependent on agriculture. The decline in agricultural growth coupled with decline in profitability in agriculture sector in the face of the rapid growth In non-farm sector is one of the major concern before the Govt. As neariy or popuiation is dependent upon agriculture, agricultural growth will continue to be the engine of broad based economic growth and development of the state.
The state Government declared its first ever State Agriculture Policy in the year 1996. After more than a decade, in 2088 the State Agriculture Policy was revised and its Scope widened to cover many other aspects of state agriculture. The State Agriculture Policy 2008 has served the state were well since its implementation.
More than one lakh private lift irrigation projects were established and the state saw the growth of many new agro based industries. Farm mechanization reached new height; the nurntaer of tractors sold to the farmers increased from less than 200 in 1999-2r300 to more than 5000 in 2011-12. In course of these four years it is felt that certain amendments are the need of the hour to remove the obstacles in effective implementation.
Also keeping in view the changed scenario in the recent time in the realm of agricultural development, more so in the post WTO regime, it has become essential ta include new concepts that have since emerged in agriculture sector. Taking in to account the highest potential for rural self employment generation both for men and women, Fisheries and Animal Resources Sector have been included for enhancement of income generation opportunity as well as for food and livelihood security of rural poor.
In above backdrop, the state Govt after wide consultation with all stakeholder and due consideration have amended agriculture Policy 2008 and prepared a whcich some DDIiCY framework cached the State Agriculture Policy 2613 for the benefit (If the farmers of the state. This has been prepared with greater focus on the economic well being of farmers and rural poor", rather than just on production and growth.