Bhubaneswar, Oct 15 (LocalWire): The state government has decided to effectively use the gram panchayats for growth in agrarian productivity.
The panchayat bodies play a key role in helping the farming sector.
Therefore, the government is trying to involve more village bodies to get the best out of farmers, said officials of department of agriculture and farmers’ empowerment.
Each gram panchayat has been asked to prepare a crop plan.
The plan will be discussed in the panchayat body meetings and details of the plan will be displayed prominently so that the news reaches the the peasants, they said adding that some of the panchayat bodies have already chalked out crop plan with consultation with agriculture officials at the block level.
The panchayat bodies could bridge the gap between the agriculture and farmers’ empowerment officials and cultivators at the fields.
The government policies and programmes for farmers’ betterment could reach out to those living in the farming sector in a better way by the three-tier panchayati raj bodies, they said.
The department of agriculture and farmers’ empowerment and panchayatiraj department are working together in this regard.
The gram panchayat office will also display technical information like soil health as well as prices of important commodities prevailing in the domestic markets.
The government will take steps to establish a storage godown in each gram panchayat and farmers will be encouraged to deposit their produce in these storehouses.
Gram panchayats will be provided the required physical infrastructure needed to demonstrate and popularise new farming technologies, they said adding that the village bodies will also maintain a demonstration plot of its own, with the help of agricultural consultants to demonstrate the working of new technologies.
Each gram panchayat will be equipped with a computer kiosk preloaded with all requisite information about technology, prices of various crops and other prerequisites.
This will be looked after by the village agriculture worker.
Public-private partnerships will be explored to establish such computer kiosks, they concluded.