Technology, innovation can be game-changer for Odisha’s agriculture: Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Despite having potential, Odisha’s agrarian economy has lagged behind as farmers and farming are constrained by outdated labour intensive techniques due to lack of skill development, said Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday.

In a series of tweets, the Union Minister said technology and innovation can be a real game-changer for the agriculture sector in Odisha.

Besides, the AgriVikash 2018 conclave, which was inaugurated in Bhubaneswar today, can be a small step towards scripting a new story for Odisha’s agriculture.

“With a vision of strengthening the backbone of agrarian states like Odisha the #ModiGovt has launched a gamut of projects to usher in the 2nd Green Revolution. To ensure fair income to our farmers, MSP at minimum 1.5 times the cost of production has been fixed,” said Pradhan in one of his tweets.

Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Giriraj Singh while inaugurating and addressing the two-day conference AgriVikas 2018 at SOA University in Bhubaneswar said a lot of challenges still confront Odisha in several sectors.

“There has been a rise in production of many agricultural products in Odisha but farmers here still depend on other states for other essential goods. It has become a challenge for Odisha to market surplus goods,” said Singh in his tweet.

Singh further wrote, “Turmeric has medicinal value and can help cure cancer. Odisha’s Kandhamal district turmeric can be exported to international markets, which would largely benefit the farmers and boost the economy. But careless govt in Odisha ruined farmers’ income and prosperity (sic).”