Odisha Agriculture Entrepreneurship Promotion Scheme 2018 to Boost Rural Economy

Odisha Agriculture Entrepreneurship Promotion Scheme (AEPS) 2018 to groom at-least 1,000 rural AEs in the next 3 years launched at the Make in Odisha Conclave, Organic Farming Policy also approved to bring 2 lakh hectares of land under organic farming
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Odisha govt. has launched Agriculture Entrepreneurship Promotion Scheme (AEPS) 2018 during Agri Business Management session at the Make in Odisha Conclave. This scheme will groom at-least 1,000 rural Agriculture Entrepreneurs (AEs) in the next three years. This scheme will enable setting up of enterprises to catalyse the revival of rural economy in Odisha.

CM said that the state is going to take a leap frog jump as quality inputs and technology services could be provided at farmers doorstep through AEs. This includes strategically providing of modern farm equipment and marketing assurances to farmers doorstep.

Each AE will work with around 150 farmers in 2 or 3 villages and will provide solutions to all the small and marginal farmers.

Odisha Agriculture Entrepreneurship Promotion Scheme 2018

This Agri Entrepreneurship Promotion Scheme (AEPS) will help small land holders in their cost reduction, better production and more profit. Even the AEs can earn income ranging from Rs. 2 lakh to 6 lakh per annum. Agriculture Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha (APICOL) will set up a project monitoring unit to design, plan, implement and monitor this scheme.

As per the reports from the sources, the financial implications of the AEPS scheme are expected to be around Rs. 18 crore. According to the scheme, all the candidates in the age group of 18 to 45 years will be eligible to become AEs. Preference would be given to women and also those having one acre of land and 2000 sq. ft constructed area for taking up the activities.

Odisha Organic Farming Policy

CM Naveen Patnaik has released the Odisha Organic Farming Policy to boost organic farming output in the state. This policy would bring 2 lakh hectares of land under organic farming within 5 years.

Launching Custom Hiring App, CM said that it would help deliver various services at farmer’s doorstep and further empower them. He added that Odisha is pioneering state in direct transfer of benefits and in leveraging technology to empower farmers.

Make in Odisha Conclave – MoU Signed

Three Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) were also signed during the Make in Odisha Conclave which are as follows:-

  1. The state has signed MoU with NABARD for formation of Farmer Producer Organisations to collectively leverage their production and marketing strength.
  2. Odisha govt. has signed an MoU with National Seeds Corporation to produce high quality seeds in the state to boost agriculture productivity.
  3. Another MoU was inked with Indian Institute of Millets Research to support Odisha Millets Mission. This will provide support services on technology development, value addition and establish centre for excellence on millets in Odisha.

CM said it will further enhance farmers’ income as Odisha being the only state to double farmers income in real terms in a decade. CM Naveen Patnaik thanked industry captains and delegates from 19 countries for overwhelming response that attracted investment intent of Rs. 4,19,574 crore across 15 sectors with a potential to generate 5.91 lakh jobs.

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