With dairy farm distress sweeping the State due to Covid-19 lockdown, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced financial assistance for the OMFED farmers.
According to the State government sources, each dairy farmer will be provided with a maximum of Rs 6,000 to meet costs arising from expenditure on fodder. The relief package will cost around Rs 11 crore and benefit at least 1.2 lakh dairy farmers in the State.
Making the announcement, the Chief Minister said the Covid pandemic has had a serious impact on the economy in the country and Odisha.
“While almost all other sectors of the economy are in a sluggish state, agriculture and allied sectors alone have provided strength to our economy,” the Chief Minister said while appreciating the courage of the farmers during the lockdown and shutdown periods as they continue their production works despite lack of proper marketing facility.
“Dairy farming plays an important role in the rural economy and is particularly helpful in the livelihood of small and marginal farmers. The pandemic has seriously affected the livelihood of dairy farmers as there has been a major decline in demand for milk and milk products. In view of this, the State Government has taken the decision to provide financial assistance to the dairy farmers. We are hopeful that it will help in the economic development of the dairy farmers,” he said.
(Edited by Suryakant Jena)