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62 blocks of 12 dists included in Millet Mission

| | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

In an effort to enhance farmers’ income, 62 blocks of 12 districts have been brought under the Millet Mission. The activities of the mission were reviewed by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi over videoconferencing with the concerned collectors recently.

Padhi said that millet cultivation while adding to nutritional security would result in enhancement of the farmers’ income significantly. He directed the Collectors to finalise the action plan and register the millet farmers for field demonstration activities.

Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan advised to identify in advance the storage and procurement points for millets in concerned districts.

The review revealed that last year 30 blocks in seven districts namely Rayagada, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Koraput, Kandhmal, Kalahandi and Gajpati were included in the mission. In the meanwhile, the mission has extended its activities to other 25 blocks of four districts namely Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Balangir and Ganjam. Seven blocks in Keonjhar district have also been brought under its orbit through initiatives of district administration. The proposal for further extension of the programme to some blocks of Bargarh and Nabarangpur district was also discussed in the meeting.

Principal Secretary Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Saurav Garg appraised  that Farmer’s Interaction and Advisory Centres (FIACs) have been operationalised at all block and GP levels involving the field level officers of six departments like Agriculture, Panchayati Raj, Water Resources, Cooperation , Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare and Fisheries and Animal Resource Development.

The VLAW has been directed to make him available on a specific day in GP office for having interaction with farmers and resolve the issues then and there. The block level FIACs must meet each fortnight to discuss the issues forwarded by the VLAWs and farmers and resolve those at their level, it was decided.

The issues requiring higher level intervention should immediately be communicated to proper quarter accordingly. Chief Secretary Padhi directed to conduct the FIAC meetings regularly and resolve the issues relating to agriculture on property basis.

The provisions and compliances of contingent matters like pre positioning of fertilisers and seeds, enrolment of farmers for crop insurance, special emphasis on enrolment of non-loanee farmers, strict vigil to monitor pest situation, vigil over any crop damage and taking amelioratory measures, timely dissemination of crop advisories etc were also reviewed in the meeting.

 
 
 
 
 

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