Cooperation sector plays vital role in neutralizing climate change: Minister

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Cooperation Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain has said the cooperation sector plays a vital role in solving issues relating to farming in the state.

Speaking on the webinar ‘Cooperatives for Climate Action’ organized to mark the International Cooperation Day, Swain said climate change has badly hit the farming sector world over and the agrarian community has borne the brunt of this phenomenon.

Swain said coronavirus has devastated the economy of the country and the worst affected are the poor and the farmers.

The Cooperation Minister said the need for the hour is to protect the environment from the onslaught of climate change and added that all the stakeholders of the society must come forward to tackle the issue.

Participating in the webinar, State Agriculture Minister Dr. Arun Sahu said agriculture and cooperation sectors are closely related. He said the Odisha government has initiated measures for the wellbeing of the farmers by providing them assistance.

He said his ministry has provided loans to farmers to take up farming effectively. The paddy procurement is up to the mark, he added.

Rajya Sabha MP Amar Patnaik said endeavours must be made to protect the environment as this influences the agriculture sector in a negative manner. Odisha is the only state in which a climate budget is presented by the state government.

High Court Judge Justice Sanjeev Panigrahi said we must forge ahead by sustainable utilization of the natural resources and added that a balance has to be struck between the economy and the environment.

Retired Chief Secretary Bijay Patnaik said issues like climate change can be successfully dealt with if we resort to cooperation ideals and added that the community forest management in the rural areas are the best examples in this direction.

Prof Harekrishna Mishra, IRMA, said the cooperative movement plays a vital role in food security and added that this must be based on Mahatma Gandhi’s Gram Swaraj concept.

Additional Secretary, Planning and Coordination, Debendra Kumar Jena, said by the implementation of Mo Sarkar and 5Ts, the Odisha government has been fully activated.

Legal Advisor Kamala Lochan Barik dwelt upon the ordinance relating to the agriculture and cooperative sector.

President of State Cooperative Union, Hemant Nayak, was present on the occasion.

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