62 blocks of 12 dists in Odisha brought under millet mission

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Bhubaneswar: In another step towards enhancing farmers’ income in the state, 62 blocks of 12 districts have been brought under the orbit of millet mission, said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

The activities of the mission were reviewed by Padhi over a video conferencing with the concerned collectors on Tuesday. Emphasizing on the mission, Padhi said that millet cultivation while adding to nutritional security would result in enhancement of the farmers’ income significantly. He directed the collectors to finalize the action plan and register the millet farmers for field demonstration activities.

Padhi asked development commissioner R Balakrishnan to identify in advance the storage and procurement points for millets in concerned districts.

The review revealed that last year 30 blocks in 7 districts namely Rayagada, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Koraput, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Gajpati were included in the mission. In the meanwhile, the mission has extended its activities to other 25 blocks of 4 districts namely Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Bolangir and Ganjam.

Seven blocks in Keonjhar district have also been brought under its orbit through initiatives of district administration. The proposal for further extension of the programme to some blocks of Bargarh and Nabarangpur district was also discussed in the meeting.

Principal Secretary Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Saurav Garg appraised that Farmer’s Interaction and Advisory Centres (FIACs) have been operationalized at all block and GP levels involving the field level officers of 6 departments like Agriculture, Panchayatiraj, Water resources, Cooperation, Food supplies & consumer welfare and Fisheries & Animal Resource development.

The VLAW has been directed to make himself available on a specific day in GP office for having interaction with farmers and resolve the issues then and there. The block level FIACs must meet each fortnight to discuss the issues forwarded by the VLAWs and farmers and resolve those at their level. The issues requiring higher level intervention should immediately be communicated to proper quarter accordingly.

The Chief Secretary directed to conduct the FIAC meetings regularly and resolve the issues relating to agriculture on the property basis. The provisions and compliances of contingent matters like pre-positioning of fertilizers and seeds, enrolment of farmers for crop insurance, special emphasis on enrolment of non-loanee farmers, a strict vigil to monitor pest situation, vigil over any crop damage and taking amelioratory measures and timely dissemination of crop advisories were also reviewed in the meeting.

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