In Odisha district, scientists team up to give farmers a new future -Sampad Patnaik

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published Published on Dec 22, 2019   modified Modified on Dec 22, 2019
-The Indian Express

The farming is being supervised by top scientists from the Lucknow-based Central Institute of Medicine and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), while the roses are being monitored by scientists from National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI).

In one of India’s poorest districts, a team of scientists from premier central government institutes have joined hands to help farmers find new life — and hope.

“They are helping me improve farming,” says Krishna Chandra Nayak, 35, standing amidst his seven acres in Saruguda village. And his calculations on a writing pad tell a story of economic revolution through scientific inputs in agriculture.

Nayak is one of 5,000 farmers in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district, chosen and mentored under a project called ‘Farm-Based S&T Interventions for Socioeconomic Development’ being jointly implemented by 12 central R&D institutes and an 18-member district-level committee of the state government.

The project is being run under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) on a budget of over Rs 6.5 crore over two years. The farmers were chosen through rigorous field visits across the district to select those who could take the risk of switching from traditional crops to high-value crops — and were willing to accept new methods.

In 2015, Nabarangpur was the focus of a year-long assigment by The Indian Express to track progress and poverty, following which the state government initiated a number of welfare and governance initiatives in the district.

With top institutes involved in the farm project since August, Nayak is growing lemon grass, turmeric, palmarosa (a grass species) and tulsi. He has started a fish pond and a rose garden, while his fields are fenced by mango, sapota and litchi trees.

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