Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Mar 19:
Odisha Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy today received the Krishi Karman award for 2014-15 from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
The state won the award in total foodgrains production in category II states for year 2014-15. It consists of a trophy, a citation and cash reward worth Rs 5 crore.
Besides, two progressive farmers of the state received the Krishi Karman award under the Progressive Farmers category at the function. The awards were given today at a special function named ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’ held at Pusa.
Apart from Odisha, the Prime Minister also awarded many other states and farmers during the event.
While Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Meghalaya received the Krishi Karman award for food crop production under various categories, Chhattisgarh was awarded for production of pulses, Tamil Nadu for coarse cereals and West Bengal for oilseeds.
During the event, Modi launched a new Kisan Suvidha mobile app that will update the farmers with information on weather, market prices, seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and agriculture machinery.
He also called for raising farm income through diversification in farming activities and urged all stakeholders, including states, to take a resolve to double the income of farmers by 2022 during the event.