The Odisha authorities directed the district authorities to be proactive in aiding farmers for the continued rabi season and begin making preparations for kharif crops, after relaxations had been introduced for the agriculture sector. The state authorities has already appointed 30 senior officers to observe agriculture and associated actions in all of the districts within the wake of the coronavirus disaster.
The nodal officers have been requested to stay in fixed contact with the area-level officers to make sure that issues arising within the agriculture sector are addressed promptly, a senior official stated, including that emphasis has been placed on strengthening the monitoring mechanism to make sure clean operations.
A roadmap has already been ready to make sure clean and uninterrupted farm actions within the state in the course of the lockdown, he stated. Agriculture Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo has directed that issues being confronted by farmers must be addressed on the earliest in order that actions can resume usually.
The nodal officers will work in coordination with the Chief District Agriculture Officer, Deputy Director of Horticulture and Project Director of Water Division. Besides, the senior officers might want to preserve officers of the sub-division, block and panchayat degree within the loop. As per the ministers instructions, the officers have been requested to submit reviews every day via WhatsApp.
The officers have additionally been requested to straight coordinate with merchants, wholesalers, and shopkeepers to make sure the sale of vegatables and fruits at markets. The authorities has pressured on intensive use of know-how and WhatsApp teams for reporting functions within the wake of the pandemic, the senior official stated.
According to Agriculture Secretary Saurabh Garg, the officers involved ought to preserve a tab in the marketplace state of affairs throughout the nation and take applicable steps for the sale of agricultural produce of the state. The farmers ought to make ample use of Ama Krushi helpline within the present state of affairs, he stated, including that vital steps are being taken to supply info on farming and market conditions via this service.
The farmers can also get themselves enrolled in “Ama Krushi” service by giving a missed name on 0674-6667171. They also can get responses to their queries by recording their questions on this quantity, he stated. Stating that there isn’t any restriction on the sale of farm produce and transportation, Garg stated the division ought to work in a devoted method to facilitate the farmers. While the harvesting of crops, transportation of harvested produce, transportation of agri-inputs reminiscent of seeds, fertilisers and pesticides have been allowed, the shops for the sale of agricultural inputs have been permitted to stay open for a selected interval of the day. They have been suggested to make sure availability and sale of inputs by sustaining social distancing, stated Garg.
The warehousing amenities for agri-inputs have additionally been exempted from the purview of restrictions. To facilitate using farm equipment the customized hiring centres have been permitted to stay open, stated the official. The state has taken steps for procurement of rabi produce reminiscent of inexperienced gram, black gram, groundnut, sunflower for which procurement centres have been opened.
The farmers have been suggested to enroll their identify in e-Samrudhi portal of the NAFED, he stated. Vegetable growers, particularly watermelon, tomato and brinjal cultivators, have been suggested to eliminate their produce in close by markets in session with native horticulture officers in case of any drawback, he added.
To overcome the issue of human labour, the farmers are advised to interact mix harvester for the well timed harvesting of paddy, besides the farmers enrolled below the seed manufacturing programme. Farmers ought to avail the crop mortgage amenities for taking on kharif cultivation, Garg stated.