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Odisha Govt To Increase Planting Area For Five Crops

In an effort to make the state self-sufficient, the government of Odisha plans to implement tangible steps to encourage the growth of the sowing space for five different vegetable crops, including potato.

Shubhi Singh
Odisha To Increase Planting Area of Potato, Tomato, Onion, Cauliflower, and Cabbage
Odisha To Increase Planting Area of Potato, Tomato, Onion, Cauliflower, and Cabbage

According to sources, the government intends to use a cold storage-centric cluster technique to encourage the cultivation of potatoes, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, and cauliflower over a 15,000-hectare region during the upcoming rabi season.

The directorate of horticulture has stated that area extension of the crops of these vegetables must be examined beyond its usual cultivation time, noting that the routine strategy followed may not assist the state become self-sufficient.

The horticulture director has stated in a communication to the deputy directors and assistant directors of the department that suitable sites with favourable ambient conditions promoting these vegetables and spices along with adaptable variety may address the concern to a significant extent.

While 5,000 hectares have been set aside for the cultivation of potatoes and onions, respectively, the district still needs to identify a similar amount of land for the cultivation of tomatoes, cabbage, and cauliflower.

According to reports, the government will contribute Rs 10 crore for tomato, Rs 29 crore for cauliflower, and Rs 10 crore each for the cultivation of potatoes and onions.

In line with the goal established for the district, emphasis has been made on cluster creation in the catchment area of functional cold storages.

For districts lacking operational cold storages, a similar cluster strategy must be used, and the objective set against the districts is non-negotiable.

In order to meet the district's aim, the district administrators have been instructed to move immediately by deploying field workers for the selection of beneficiaries and locations for vegetable planting. They stated that this exercise must be finished by October 15.

To enable improved aggregation and marketing opportunities, farmer producer organisations, farmer interest groups, and women self-help groups (SHGs) must be mobilised during preparatory activities for beneficiary selection in a cluster strategy.

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