Kundaria stresses need for more cold stores in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Centre would make all-out efforts for the development of agriculture in Odisha, said Union minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kundaria here today.

Inaugurating a workshop on Smart Horticulture 2016, the union minister reiterated the Centre’s commitment to Krishi Sinchai Yojana and crop insurance.

“All the measures will be taken for the benefit of farmers. We have discussed with agriculture scientists regarding welfare programmes today,” Kundaria said.

The union minister also stressed organic farming and setting up of more cold stores in the State.

Odisha Agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy, who attended the event, said that State government is trying to set up more cold stores for preservation of food items.

“Work on 42 cold stores is on in the state. Construction of 24 cold stores will be completed by the end of this year. Three cold stores – one each at Champua, Rayagada and Titilagarh – will be inaugurated by the end of this month,” Maharathy said.