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BHUBANESWAR: Orissa government will provide four terminal market yards to enable the farmers to sell their produce at market prices. The move comesin the wake of mounting criticism from the opposition Congress and BJP over increasing number of farmer suicide cases.
One of the terminal has already been constructed at Sambalpur with an investment of Rs 86 crore and three others are coming up at Cuttack, Berhampur and Rourkela, Orissa agriculture minister Dr Damodar Rout said here on Tuesday soon after addressing at a seminar on sustainable sugarcane initiative.
Dr Rout informed that although Orissa is the fourth largest vegetable producer, its farmers were not getting adequate returns on the investment because of high input costs and unscientific farming.
“We have been asking the farmers to use technology and modern method of farming to save costs. It will take some time for the farmers to adopt the new methods like drip irrigation and use scientifically developed agriculture tools and equipment,” Dr Rout observed.
The minister stated that the government had decided to as many as cold storages possible in the state through private entrepreneurs. “We are going to conduct a feasibility study of the existing cold storages which are lying vacant for all these years. Besides, individuals and cooperatives will be encouraged to build new cold storages. They will avail the Central government’s recently announced 40% subsidy and another 15% by the state administration,” Dr Rout said.
To a query as to why the state government had not yet come out with a specific sugarcane policy as announced by him a few months ago, the minister said a comprehensive policy was being drafted by the agriculture department to encourage crops like sugarcane, maize and horticulture produces.