Over 240 per cent growth in food grain production in Odisha since 2000-01

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has achieved impressive growth in food grain production since 2000-2001 financial year, said an official of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment department today.

Odisha had produced 55.35 lakh metric tonne food grain in 2000-2001 fiscal while the figure rose to 136.07 lakh metric tonne in 2022-23 financial year, added the official.

“The state has achieved 246 per cent growth in food grain production since 2000-2001,”said the official.

According to the official, Odisha’s contribution to the paddy procurement pool of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has gone up significantly in recent years.

“Now, Odisha is the fourth largest contributor to paddy procurement pool of FCI,” he said.

Notably, the state government has allocated Rs 24,829 crore towards agriculture sector in the Budget for 2023-24 fiscal.

The government has allocated Rs 2,000 crore towards a revolving fund for procurement of paddy in the state.

The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also allocated Rs 1,879 crore for Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme.

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