CM urges Central Agricultural University in KBK

Bhubneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to facilitate establishment of a central agricultural university in the backward area of the state. "The ideal location for such a university will be any of the KBK (Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput) districts", Patnaik said in a letter to the prime minister.

"I believe that an imporant component of extending the Green Revolution to the eastern region is to establish one or more central agricultural university in the region, especially in areas strategic to agriculture and possibly in the vicinity of backward districts", he said.

Stating that Odisha has nearly 64 lakh hectares of cultivable land, Patnaik said "our state can certainly play a vital role in enhancing agricultural production in the country which will go a long way in providing security to the nation." The union agriculture ministry has already declared 2012 as `year of horticulture` and Odisha is intensifying horticultural activities particularly in KBK districts to create more opportunities for tribal people, Patnaik said.