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BHUBANESWAR, 24 January, 2020: The annual five-day state levelagri expo ‘KrushiOdisha’,concluded with much fanfare. The rollout of a revamped and progressive new agriculture policy ‘SAMRUDHI’ by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was the standout feature of the flagship programme.
Governor Prof GanshiLal graced the occasion with his presence. “Agriculture fair should transform into fairness in agriculture. It is a question of sustenance for everyone. The PM KISAN and Kalia schemes have been instrumental in giving the much deserved respect to farmers of the state.”
Dr. Arun Kumar Sahoo- Krushi Odisha might be a five day event but our motive is to keep its impact for 365 days a year. If we use good quality seeds, adopt mechanized farming and discipline ourselves with caring for the crops, we will surely achieve profitability.
“There were various knowledge sharing workshops involving farmers as well as meetings with startups, agri entrepreneurs and CEOs of agro based companies to discuss, deliberate and incorporate pro farmer and agro industry policies in the state”, said Dr. SaurabhGarg, Principal Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment, Odisha.
“Empowering the farmer will empower the economy and I hope the farmers attending Krushi Odisha will greatly benefit from the seminars and workshops held here and use the knowledge to enhance their productivity and profitability”,Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister SSEPD, Govt Of Odisha .
Dr. Pawan Kumar Agrawal, Vice-Chancellor, OUAT says “in order to improve rural economy, farmers have to be empowered and inorder to ensure profitability to the farmer, policymakers, public representatives, other major stakeholders and a platform like Krushi Odisha is the best way to achieve that.
State agro summit ‘Krushi Odisha-2020’ showcased the rich agri ecosystem of Odisha, the untapped potential of agriculture and food sector and myriad agro and allied sector business opportunities in Odishaat JantaMaidan in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
During the fivedays, farmers got exposure to the latest developments in the field of agriculture, including new variety of seeds, equipment, techniques, technologies, irrigation systems, farming practices etc.
The seminars and pathshalas held during the fair gave farmers an overall insight of best practices of agriculture with the incorporation of advanced technology.
The day saw seminars on ‘Post-Harvest Management for Loss Reduction in Agriculture & Allied Sectors’ and ‘Enhancing Role of Women SHGs for Agricultural Profitability’.
Besides, successful farmers were felicitated for their achievements, appointment letters were distributed to the new recruited AHOs, ‘Rice Based Cropping System Knowledge Bank’ and ‘Rice Doctor’ apps were launched, compendium on ‘Climate Smart Agriculture in Odisha’ was released and seminars and farmer scientist interaction and experience sharingprogrammes were organised.
As many as 218 stalls including the one special of ‘Millet Mission’ known as ‘Mandia’ were put up by 112 national and international companies to spread knowledge on modern farming techniques and benefits and promoting household-level consumption of ‘Mandia’.
Farmers from across the state amounting to more than 30,000 have attended Krushi Odisha. I am thankful to the media persons here for promoting and propagating the message of Krushi Odisha