Oct. 1, 2012
BHUBANESWAR: The state government has asked the Centre to make a policy intervention and timely supply of fertilizers so that the state can come up to national average by 2016-17.
Agriculture minister Debi Prasad Mishra made this demand at a conference of agriculture ministers held at Kolkata on last Thursday. Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar inaugurated the conference. Agriculture ministers of seven states including Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhatishgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Assam attended.
Mishra said Odisha was aiming at attaining the average productivity of rice at par with the national average within the next three years and strategies had been prepared for this purpose. He reiterated that the Centre should address the abnormal price rise in fertilizer which is unaffordable by the farmers in Odisha and non supply of balance fertilizers in time to keep the soil health intact and rise in productivity.
He stressed that the Centre should address the genuine issues of farmers taking regional ground reality in order to achieve the desired target in raising rice and other crop productivity under Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI).
The agriculture minister further demanded that 5 lakh MT more storage space should be created by FCI and the Central Ware Housing (CWH) corporation afresh for which the state government is willing to provide land at a concessional rate. To address the issue, the CMD, FCI and MD, CWH Corporation agreed to construct the godowns for storage of food grains.
He also requested to give support to integrated Mandis and value chains and to build the robust mechanism linking with domestic and export market also that the farmers can get more income.