Odisha budget gives priority to agriculture

Odisha Finance Minister Pradip Kumar Amat presented the State’s annual budget of Rs. 94,052.65 crore for 2016-17 in the State Assembly on Friday evening, giving priority to agriculture and allied sectors in the wake of suicide by more than 200 farmers.

Although Mr. Amat did not speak about the farmer suicides in different regions of Odisha in his speech in the House while presenting the budget, it was clearly evident in his address that the emphasis was on agriculture and allied sectors such as irrigation, co-operation, and fisheries and animal resources development.

Since the ruling Biju Janata Dal is having an eye on the gram panchayat elections scheduled to be held next year, the Finance Minister said that the newly formed Agriculture Cabinet had deliberated on the funding requirement for agriculture and allied sectors, thereby giving emphasis to growth of agriculture.

Accordingly, it was proposed to provide Rs. 13,181.89 crore for the Departments of Agriculture, Irrigation, Co-operation, and Fisheries and Animal Resources Development in the budget for 2016-17 fiscal, Mr. Amat added.

“A new scheme Support to Farmer Producers’ Organisation with the objective of mobilisation of farmers into members owned producer organisations or FPOs, to enhance production, productivity and profitability of farmers, especially small farmers in the State will be launched, he said

“The road ahead is clear and well defined. The most decisive response to the challenges of rural poverty and regional disparity revolves around agriculture,” said Mr. Amat, while concluding his address on the agriculture budget which he presented separately.

In his speech while presenting general budget, the second part of the two-part budget, Mr. Amat said that the State government has been preparing the gender budget statement for he last three years only for 100 per cent women-centric schemes.

However, this year the government would bring out both Part-A (schemes in which 100 per cent provision is for women) and Part-B (where the allocations for women constitute at least 30 per cent) of the gender statement, he added.

Source The Hindu

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