Central team to assess drought situation in Odisha

New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar: The Central team led by additional commissioner RP Mallick will visit Odisha to review the drought situation. According to sources, the team along with officials of the State government will visit various places and assess the situation and suggest remedial measures.

Notably, Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare minister Radha Mohan Singh directed the ministry to constitute a Central Team comprising officers of the Ministry and a representative of ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack.

Earlier Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan had requested the Agriculture & Farmers Welfare minister to depute a Central Team for taking a firsthand view of the prevailing drought situation in different parts of the State and suggest remedial measures and strategies for combating agrarian and rural distress.

Pradhan highlighted that 8 districts namely Dhenkanal, Khurda, Bolangir, Boudh, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Kandhamal and Keonjhar have received less than normal rainfall. Additionally, agricultural activities in 103 blocks in 23 districts have been adversely affected.