Odisha Agri Conclave 2021 emphasizes on farmers’ income, agriculture growth

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Odisha government is making efforts to enhance the income of farmers, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said recently after inaugurating Odisha Agri Conclave 2021.

“We need to streamline their connectivity to the aggregators and processors to play the role as producers,” he said. “We need to remove intermediaries who don’t add value to the supply chain.”

Stating that the Agri Conclave 2021 has been organized to link farmers of Odisha to organised national market, chief minster invited the top agri-business leaders to be partners in scripting the growth story of Agribusiness in Odisha.

Citing challenges of frequent natural calamities including droughts, cyclones and floods, he said that his government has worked out all possible measures to ensure un-interrupted growth of agriculture and economy of the state. It is now evident that Agri-sector is a silver lining in the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, he added.

Odisha has attained self-sufficiency in food production, and the state is now the third largest contributor to nation Public Distribution System, Patnaik said.

Highlighting Odisha’s advantage in agriculture, he said that the state is one of the leading producers of cereals including millets, vegetables, fruits, spices, fishes, seafood and poultry products.

Some of the key produces that are available for value addition are seafood, cashew-nut, organic millets, turmeric, coffee, black pepper, mango, jackfruit, sweet potato, tamarind, honey etc.

Today, Kandhamal Turmeric, Similipal Honey, Koraput Coffee have created their own brand values across the globe for their exceptional qualities, he added.

Odisha Agri Conclave 2021 is a joint endeavour of State Agriculture & farmers’ Empowerment Dept and National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India to make the process of farming easier for farmers. The initiative has helped in providing State’s traditional, indigenous and nutritious products support to get prominence in global market.

Adani-Wilmer ltd, Tata Agri, Parley, Amul, Coffee Board of India, Big Basket and many other top national and global players participated in the conclave.