Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 18:
The Union government has assured the Odisha government of all assistance for establishment of the second Terminal Market Complex in Odisha’s Ganjam district to boost vegetable and fruit production in the state.
The government had proposed to set up the terminal market at Brahmapur in Ganjam district, said Agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy, who met Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh at Krishi Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday.
“We requested the minister to provide assistance for the proposed project. The minister accepted the proposal and assured us that it would be taken up under the National Horticulture Mission,” said Maharathy after the meeting.
The department would soon submit the proposal to the Centre with proper estimation of the project, he added.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for the first terminal at Sambalpur on September 28.
The project in Sambalpur would come up on 500 acres of land with an investment of Rs 90 crore.
With the state facing shortage of potato, Singh has assured to provide adequate seeds to cultivate the tuber in maximum areas.
Maharathy urged Central government to set up a Regional Research Station on Goats & National germ-plasm grid for Small Animals in Odisha.
Maharathy urged Singh to set up one Regional Research Station on Goats in Odisha for improvement of Indigenous Breeds such as Ganjam and Black Bengal breeds.