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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated a hundred new godowns through video conference at the Secretariat here today.

The godowns constructed at the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society (PACS) level by the Cooperation Department for conservation of fertilizers, seeds and harvested paddy have a cumulative capacity of 41,425 MT.

The CM also distributed mobile phones to 10 women Kisan Credit Card holders on the occasion. Under this programme, 41,000 free mobile phones will be distributed to Women Kisan Credit Card holders.

"Today in continuation of our pro-farmer policies 100 godowns of 41,400 metric tonne capacity were dedicated. Besides distribution of mobile phones to 41,000 women engaged in farming sector was also started to enable them to start a better access to agri information and agri marketing," Patnaik said.

"These godowns will help to the societies to enhance their capacity. Very soon five hundred more godowns will be constructed," Cooperation and Excise Minister Damodar Rout stated.

The two programmes are part of the Cooperation Department’s initiative to strengthen the PACS with an objective to cater to all requirements of the farming community, including dispensation of agriculture credit, storage and distribution of fertilisers and seeds and procurement of surplus agricultural produces at minimum selling price (MSP), said a department official.

Cooperation and Excise Minister Dr Damodar Rout, Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy, Finance Minister Pradeep Amat along with many MLAs, secretaries of various departments were present at inauguration ceremony, organised by the Cooperation Department.

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