Bhubaneswar: Making his statement in response to an Adjournment Motion titled “State Government indifferent towards Agriculture & Farmers’ Issues” moved by Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra today, Odisha Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister today averred that the steps taken and efforts made by the State Government has been able to pace up the development of agriculture sector and farmers.
In his statement, Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo asserted, “The State Government is committed and robustly resolved to the all round development of the farmers. Hence, scores of steps have been taken for the welfare of the farmers so that their various problems are solved and lifestyle gets improved.”
“Due to rapid improvement in the agriculture sector of our State, the rural development has been achieved as well as the welfare of the farmers has borne fruit. In 2000-01, food production in our State had been 55 lakh tonnes while in 2014-15, the figure soared to 118 lakh tonnes. In 2018-19 (3rd Estimate), food production has touched 91.57 lakh tonnes. The figure will enhance after the Final Estimate,” he stated.
He further stated, “Due to the hard labour of our farmers, our State has been awarded with Krushi Karman for 5 times. Owing to the concerted efforts made by the farmers of our State, their income has doubled in 2012-13 in comparison to 2002-03. As per the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) report, the annual income of our State farmer was Rs 23,277 I 2002-03 while in 2012-13 it has increased to Rs 53,450.”
“Since 2013-14 fiscal year, Special Agriculture Budget is being present in the Assembly by our State. While the budget amount was Rs 7,162 crore in 2013-14, the amount went up three times more to Rs 20,714 crore in the current 2019-20. Also our Government has formed Special Agriculture Cabinet on 29.02.2016,” contended the Odisha Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister.
The Minister in his reply also listed out Odisha Organic Policy, Joint Liability Group (JLG) for provising loans to the sharecroppers, Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), WHS, Farm Pond, Protective Irrigation, Odisha Millet Mission, etc, and above all Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme.
He said, “KALIA scheme has been implemented since 2018-19 for the marginal, small, and landless farmers, and the land labourers. The landless farmer families are also being provided with livelihood assistance. 36,74,710 small and marginal farmers have been provided Rs 5,000 assistance each till 24.06.2019.”
“While 51,45,290 families have been provided with the KALIA assistance till now, the rest 23,54,710 families will be provided very soon. Following the successful implementation of KALIA Yojana, the Central Government also launched PM-KISAN later on. All these efforts will help in increasing the growth rate of agriculture in our State and create a new chapter,” the Minister argued.