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Odisha Approves Rs 250 Cr Worth 24 Agricultural Development Projects

11 July 2019


Bhubaneswar: With an aim for development in agriculture and allied sectors and maximize returns to the farmers in Odisha, 24 projects for the year 2019-20 with an investment of Rs 250 crore was approved by the State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSC) of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) on Thursday.

While chairing the SLSC, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi directed all the stakeholders to ensure that the projects help to maximize agricultural production, maximize returns to the farmers and provide means of livelihood in agriculture sector.

Padhi has also directed to submit the expenditure report of the investment in various agriculture and allied sectors for the year 2018-19 within the given deadline.

After the meeting, Agriculture secretary Sourav Garg informed that 24 projects on various sectors including Crop Cultivation, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Integrated Pest Management, other Agriculture Programmes and Cooperation have been approved in the meeting.

Reportedly, the RKVY has been in force in Odisha since 2007-08 and in total 749 projects have been taken up under the scheme till date. While 496 projects have been completed, works of rest 253 projects are underway as per the annual schedule.

It is worthwhile to mention that as per the RKVY, funds are provided to the State as 60:40 grants between Centre and States. A budget of Rs 343.67 crore has been allocated for the current financial year 2018-19.