**Bhubaneswar: ** Gracing a workshop on “Doubling of Farmers’ Income Through Dairy & Allied Farming Practices” organised by the Fisheries & Animal Resources Development Department here on Monday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “As per the latest survey of Government of India, Odisha is the only State in the country to have doubled farmers’ income in real terms over a decade.”
“The contribution from Fisheries and Livestock sectors was reported to be very significant as there was 33.35 times increase from this source during this period,” the Chief Minister stated in his key note address.
The Chief Minister said, “Livestock and Fisheries sectors play an important role for development of rural economy in the State. These sectors have a tremendous relevance for the livelihood of small and marginal farmers who derive a substantial part of their income from sale of milk, meat, egg and fish.”
He also stated, “Due to persistent and novel initiatives taken by the State Government, the annual fish production in the State has increased from 2.60 lakh tonnes to more than six lakh tonnes in the last 17 years. Similarly, per day milk production has seen a quantum jump from 24 lakh litres in 2000 to 54 lakh litres now. The egg production has also seen a production growth of more than 2.5 times.”
“Today, we have introduced a new State Plan Scheme “FISH POND YOJANA” with a budget provision of Rs 96 crore which will facilitate creation of additional 2,200 hectares of Freshwater Aquaculture Farming with 50 percent financial assistance to farmers. Various services in the Fisheries sector are also being made online today. I would expect an active participation of women SHGs and Fisheries Cooperatives in taking advantages of various schemes launched by my Government,” the Chief Minister further stated and added, “We are also dedicating Animal Ambulance Service in Berhampur and Cuttack urban areas with a budgetary provision of Rs 1 crore to provide emergency assistance to sick and injured animals.”
The Chief Minister on the occasion also gave away appointment letters to 232 technical persons including 56 Veterinary Assistant Surgeons, 158 Livestock Inspectors and 18 Junior Fishery Technical Assistants.