Bhubaneswar: A MoU between Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been inked on Friday at the State Secretariat in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik & Minister, Agriculture & Farmer’s Empowerment Pradeep Maharathy.
The MoU worth Rs 32 crore is aimed at improving the lives of smallholder farmers and promoting inclusive agricultural transformation in Odisha.
The MoU was signed by Hari Ballav Mishra, Director of Agriculture and Food Production, Odisha and Nick Austin, Director of Agricultural Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Speaking on the occasion, CM reiterated Odisha Government’s commitment for development of agriculture and allied sectors in the State. He is also hopeful that it would bring improvement in the livelihood of small and marginal farmers.
The MoU will formalize a partnership between the State Government and the Foundation to accelerate the State’s agriculture programme and improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Odisha. The MoU will allow the Government and the Foundation to partner on agriculture projects, including a project to improve data management, analysis and use within the Department of Agriculture.
It will support the creation of a Technical Support Unit (TSU) within the Government to develop the system and train users.