Odisha Chief Minister Navin Patnaik on Friday insisted on directly connecting farmers to the market and removing middlemen in order to increase farmers’ incomes.
Speaking at the inauguration of Odisha Agri Conclave 2021 via videoconference, Patnaik said the state government is focusing on increasing farmers’ incomes.
“We have to respond to market dynamics. We need to optimize their connection to aggregators and processors so that they play the role of manufacturers. We need to eliminate middlemen who do not add value to the supply chain, ”Patnaik said.
He also said the state is committed to becoming a preferred investment destination by continually creating and delivering outstanding business growth opportunities, contributing to the overall social and economic development of the state and its residents. “Agriculture and related sectors of the state are now open to national and global players,” Patnaik said.
“Farmers are laying the foundation for the country’s economy. It is on this foundation that we are building the pillars of a dynamic economy. Our priority is to develop agriculture and empower farmers, ”Patnaik said.
Referring to the challenges of frequent natural disasters, including droughts, cyclones and floods, he said his government has worked out all possible measures to ensure the continued growth of the state’s agriculture and economy. “It is now clear that the agricultural sector is the best side in the current COVID-19 the situation with the pandemic, ”he added.
Odisha Agri Conclave 2021 is a joint initiative of the State Department of Agriculture and Farmer Empowerment and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India to make farming easier for farmers. The initiative has helped provide government support for traditional, indigenous and nutritious foods to gain a prominent position in the global market. Adani-Wilmer ltd, Tata Agri, Parley, Amul, Coffe Board of India, Big Basket and many other leading national and global players took part in the conclave.