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Odisha Government’s Directorate of Horticulture signed a MOU with International Potato Centre

Bhubaneswar:11/12/18: Odisha Government’s Directorate of Horticulture today signed a Memorandum of Association (MoA) with International Potato Centre (CIP) for Generating Advances in Incomes and Nutrition through Sweetpotato (GAINS) Phase II supported by the Rashtriya Krushi Vikash Yojana (RKVY) scheme.

The significant MoA was signed at the Krushi Bhawan here in presence of Odisha Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Minister Pradeep Maharathy.

As per a press note released on the occasion, Rs 8.46 crore from the RKVY is to be spent on it in the tribal districts of Keonjhar, Gajapati, Angul and Rayagada in the next three years.

In the first phase during 2013-2017 and under the RKVY scheme, such a step was taken and Odisha had stood first in the country. Now Odisha in its 42,000 hectares of land produces 4 lakh metric tonnes of sweetpotato.

Following today’s MoA with the International Potato Centre (CIP), Odisha in the next three years aims at augmenting its sweetpotato production in 1625 hectares, the press note stated.


About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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