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Farmers’ welfare: Odisha Millets Mission expanded

Bhubaneswar, March 19, 2018: Reaffirming farmer’s welfare and empowerment as the State Government’s highest priority, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced expansion of Odisha Millets Mission.

Patnaik said that the Government will now procure millets produce from farmers with remunerative prices.

The decision to expand Odisha Millets Mission to 11 millet growing districts will positively touch lives of the large number of farmers, covering especially the non irrigated and tribal areas, by ensuring higher income guarantee for them.

“Millets are an integral part of tribal life. It has been a staple diet of tribals of Odisha since time immemorial. Millets are grown mostly in rain deficit areas by small and marginal farmers. State Government is already implementing a pilot programme named as ‘Odisha Millets Mission” said Patnaik.

The CM said to provide remunerative price to the millets growing farmers and to improve the nutritional security, State Government will procure millets and utilize in Government schemes.
An amount of Rs 100 crores will be spent during next year for this purpose, which will be scaled up in future. This will benefit around 5 lakh farmers, especially in the rain deficit areas of the state.

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