Bhubaneswar: Odisha currently has 63 agriculture and 85 horticulture farms in total, informed Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo.
Replying to a question by Congress member from Jeypore Tara Prasad Bahinipati,the Minister in a written reply said that out of the 63 agriculture and 85 horticulture farms, four and five respectively are beyond restoration level.
Since restoration of these defunct farms is not technically viable, steps have not been taken to restore them, he added.
Sahoo told in his reply that Rs 990.84 lakh was spent under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana (RKVY) in 2010-11 for modernization of the agriculture farms and 31 were provided with grants totaling Rs 1696.80 lakh during 2016-18; out of that Rs 1262.49 lakh has been utilized and currently, work is on.
The Minister has stated that for modernization of horticulture farms , the Central government has provided Rs 1264.74 lakh and Rs 7460.57 lakh grants respectively under the Horticulture Mission and Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana.
The funds received is being utilized in phases, he added.
Government agriculture farms generally produce parent seeds, which are used for production of certified seeds, the Minister has pointed out.
To meet the State’s demand for seeds, whenever needed arrangements are made to procure paddy and especially non-paddy seeds from outside the State mainly through National Seeds Corporation (NSC), he added.
Sahoo has stated that the horticulture farms produce a variety of high quality grafted fruit saplings which are supplied to farmers.