Berhampur, Sept 26 (LocalWire): Kandhamal district bagged the prestigious SKOCH governance award 2019 in silver category for its Mission 171 project.
District Collector Brundha D received the award at a function held at New Delhi on Wednesday.
Mission 171 was launched in April 2018 in the district with an aim to generate sustainable livelihood for farmers.
Under the programme, model orchids have been developed in each panchayat in the district, Collector said.
‘Our project has been appreciated at the national level for its effectiveness,’ said deputy director of horticulture (DDH) Manoj Das, who is also the convener of the project.
The programme named ‘Mission 171’ was envisaged for the effective convergence of all ongoing schemes related to agriculture and allied sectors for development of the model orchids in all the 171 panchayats in the district.
In the case study it was seen that the earning of the farmers who were involved in the project, increased,’ claimed DDH.
He said the district administration provided all government facilities under different schemes in agriculture and allied sectors in the model project to increase the productivity of the crops.
The farmers adopted the organic cultivation in the model project, he added.
According to the programme, 171 model orchids, one in each gram panchayat, have been developed over an area of 5 to 10 acres of land.
One or more farmers have been involved in developing the orchids through inter-departmental convergence, he said.