Bhubaneswar, November 28 (LocalWire): One year after its launch, the Agriculture Production Cluster (APC) has emerged as a powerful vehicle for enhancing farm incomes of women farmers in Odisha’s highlands.
According to the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment, a group of 30 farmers has successfully cultivated 30 beds of tomato in over 20 acres of land at Sadar Block in Keonjhar under the APC program.
This was revealed at the agriculture department meeting with delegates from the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) at Krushibhawan on Wednesday.
The meeting was chaired by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment principal secretary Dr. Saurabh Garg and was attended by the directors of agriculture and horticulture, officers from the allied sector and other stakeholders.
Sharing information about the project, the department Tweeted from its official handle Krushibibhaga_Odisha:
“Under the Agriculture Production Cluster Program, 30 farmers of Community nursery have cultivated 20 acres in 30 beds of Tomato, Producer Group: Dhatika, Sadar Block, Keonjhar.”
The meeting focused on investment in post-harvest management and infrastructures like aggregation, storage, primary and secondary processing, including agri-logistics, and cold chain management.
The meeting also deliberated on how to engage and invite large scale investors in India to export products from the agriculture and allied sectors.
Project APC, a multi-stakeholder partnership initiative of the state government, was launched by the chief minister Naveen Patnaik on 6 November 2018.
The scheme was launched to raise income of over one lakh farmers across 40 blocks in 10 tribal districts by facilitating them to practice market-linked agriculture, with focus on horticulture crops.