New Delhi:5/11/20: Odia Samaj, New Delhi, a leading not-for-profit, socio-cultural organization, and an effective & neutral think tank is going to organize a webinar on the current scenario of agriculture and other allied sectors in Odisha and how Odisha can be self-dependent in the field of agriculture i.e. “Odisha Ra Krushi O Atmanirvarata” on 06th November 2020 (Friday) at 5 PM. After successfully conducting a series of webinars on various important areas including ‘Financial packages and opportunities for MSME in Odisha’ and ‘Odia Language and Literature’, Odia Samaj, New Delhi is coming up with the current webinar to focus on various aspects of agriculture and allied sectors in Odisha.
The history of agriculture in India dates back to Indus Valley civilization. Reports say agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of India’s population. Gross Value Added (GVA) by agriculture, forestry, and fishing was estimated at Rs 19.48 lakh crore (US$ 276.37 billion) in FY20. Growth in GVA in agriculture and allied sectors stood at 4% in FY20. Agriculture also plays a crucial role as part of the dream vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi this year. Under this mission, various steps are being taken at Centre and State level towards the transformation of agriculture into sustainable enterprises. Recently Government of India has taken a host of historical pro-agriculture landmark initiatives towards the development of Atmanirbhar Krishi in India. In order to update people with knowledge about these initiatives, Odia Samaj, New Delhi has decided to hold this online dialogue and guide people on how to make Odisha self-reliant in the field of agriculture.
This webinar will certainly help the sector to come forward and take advantage of the new acts enacted by the government, learn how to enhance productivity by using modern technology, marketing of agri-products and various post-harvest interventions, etc. The webinar will also discuss various agro-based skill upgrade programs that can guide one to become a successful agro-entrepreneur.
The webinar will be addressed by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel, Govt. of India, who will be the Chief Guest of the session, and Shri Sidhartha Pradhan, IRS (Retd.) President, Odia Samaj. Among others Dr. S. K. Pattanayak, IAS (Retd.), Director-General Administrative Staff College of India, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary & DG, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, Dr. Saurabh Garg, IAS, Principal Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment, Govt. of Odisha, Shri P K Swain, Joint Secretary (Marketing & AMA), Dept. of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India, Shri Sanjeev Kumar Chadha, Managing Director, NAFED (National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd.) are slated to grace the webinar as the Speakers. Shri Pradipta K Sahoo, Business Head-Safal, and member Odia Samaj, New Delhi shall be the moderator of the webinar.