Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 4:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that the State Government plans to formulate a ‘Small Animal Development Policy’ to focus on commercial farming and improvement in production in the state.
Patnaik said so while inaugurating a workshop on ‘Rural Livelihood through Small Animal Farming’ at Jayadev Bhawan in Bhubaneswar today.
“Small animal farming has great potential to directly benefit the poor, who mostly own these animals. It plays an important role in the development of our rural economy as it provides livelihood to small and marginal farmers. Next to agriculture, it is the most important sustainable activity in rural areas,” said Patnaik in his speech.
“Odisha is a good repository of small animal genetic resources. Unique goat breeds like Ganjam, Black Bengal and unique sheep breeds like Bolangir and Ganjam are found in the state. Odisha has great potential for development of these sectors and provide sustainable livelihood to the poor and marginal farmers,” he added.
The Chief Minister further informed that the government has taken a number of initiatives to enhance meat, egg and fish production in the state. The Fisheries & Animal Resources Development (F & ARD) Department recently collaborated with international agencies such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and International Livestock Research Institute for Public-Private-Producer-Partnership for goat and sheep development in the state.
It may be mentioned here that 98 Livestock Inspectors received their appointment letters on the occasion.
“I am personally reviewing the progress in the recruitment to vacant posts of various government departments,” said Naveen while adding that in the last seven days, 551 Assistant Executive Engineers have been appointed in Water Resources and Works Department.