Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Agriculture continues to remain the focus area of Odisha government as it proposed an outlay of Rs.19,408 crore for the sector in the 2020-21 State budget which was presented by Finance minister Niranjan Pujari in Odisha Assembly on Tuesday.

The outlay is an addition to the existing Rs.12,000 crore which is invested through extra budgetary resources every year for making timely payment to farmers towards paddy procurement. Pujari stated that efforts have been taken to ensure that not a single beneficiary is left out of the KALIA scheme. Moreover, an allocation of Rs 3,195 crore has been made for KALIA scheme.

According to Pujari, Odisha is one the few States in the country where income of farmers has doubled from 2002-03 to 2012-13.

“We have announced SAMRUDHI-Agriculture Policy 2020, which focuses on farmers’ well-being through continuous and inclusive growth in their income by ensuring sustainable, stable and scalable growth in the next five years,” said Pujari in his speech.

A record Rs.150 crore is proposed for agricultural research, education and infrastructure, which is five times more than last year’s allocation.

Here are the major key highlights of Odisha Agriculture Budget:

1. Rs.150 crore to promote extension through District level ATMA and Rs.123 crore under National Horticulture Mission.
2. Rs 12,000 crore for construction of “In-stream Storage Structures (ISS)” in all major rivers of the State over a period of five years.
3. A revolving fund of Rs.100 crore for seeds and Rs.100 crore for fertilizers.
4. Rs.100 crore for subsidy for capital investment for establishment of commercial agrienterprises
5. Rs.224 crore for popularization of agricultural implements and diesel pump sets.
6. Rs.1811 crore proposed for completion of incomplete AIBP Projects implemented through PMKSY
7. Rs.910 crore proposed under state funded Water Sector Infrastructure Development Programme (WSIDP) for on-going and new projects.
8. An outlay of Rs.1060 crore proposed for flood control and drainage work.
9. Rs.459 crore for completion of 15,000 Deep Bore Wells, Rs.360 crore for Biju Krushak Vikas Yojana to install 1250 community lift points.
10. Rs.300 crore proposed in Command Area Development Programme for field channels and field drains to improve water use efficiency and to provide last mile irrigation.
11. Rs.190 crore is being proposed under Canal Lining and System Rehabilitation Programme (CLSRP)
12. Nabakrushna Choudhury Secha Unayana Yojana with proposed investment of Rs.635 crore for modernization ofold irrigation projects, for which Rs.90 crore is proposed.
13. 1200 defunct lift irrigation points will be revived during 2020-21with an estimate of Rs.193 crore.

According to Pujari, the State Government in consultation with NABARD has prepared District-wise Potential Linked Credit Plans (PLPs) for 2020-21 with a credit potential of an amount of Rs 43,282 crore under agriculture and allied activities to be provided by cooperative institutions and scheduled commercial banks.

To provide 0% interest loans to farmers under KALIA scheme, interest subsidy/subvention of Rs 705 has been proposed.

“The Cooperatives are providing about 65 per cent of the total crop loans dispensed to the farmers in the State as against the national average of 17 per cent. During the year 2020-21, the Cooperative Banks will provide crop loan of about Rs.15,000 crore,” Pujari added.