Bhubaneswar, August 10 (LocalWire): A day after releasing the draft agricultural policy with a focus on raising farmers’ income and overall development of the sector, the state government today announced that it has been successful in enhancing the monthly income of those in the farming sectors by seven-fold during the last 13 years.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who rode back to power for the record fifth term in 2019 assembly polls largely on the strength of farmers and women’s votes, stated this in a tweet from his official handle.
“With a series of agricultural policies – the first in 1996 and then in 2008 and 2013, #Odisha has been able to increase the income of its farmers seven times between 2002-03 to 2015-16,” Patnaik tweeted.
Incidentally, the state government, while releasing draft agriculture policy yesterday, had highlighted the manifold growth rate of farmers’ monthly income. The officials had claimed that the monthly average income of Odisha farmer has increased from Rs 1,062 to Rs 7,731, indicating a growth of 16.5% against the national growth of 11.7%.
However, the outfits espousing the cause of farmers and sharecroppers have a different viewpoint than what the Government of Odisha claims.
“The state government’s claim of an increase in the monthly income of farmers is nothing but a publicity exercise.
Those eking out a living from farming are suffering a lot because of continuous crop failure. Agriculture is no more a viable source of income because of the increase in the cost of agrarian operation.
We have received feedback from various districts of farmers switching to an alternate mode of avocation for livelihood,” Odisha Kishan Sabha representative Gayadhar Dhal said.