First Round Table On Agrarian Issues In The Context Of Doubling Farmers’ Income

Agragamee has organized a round table on agrarian issues in the context of doubling farmers’ income at Hotel Suryansh, Bhubaneswar on 26th and 27th September 2018 with collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Germany. Agricultural Scientist, Policy Maker, Government Officials, Agriculture University and well known NGOs of Odisha and other states who are currently involved in agriculture development, Media personnel have taken active participation.

During the two days, there was brainstorming discussion on Ecological Agriculture Vs Chemical Agriculture, agrarian crises on account of unsustainable use of land, water, forest and live stock.Dr. Aurobindo Behera, Former Member, Board of Revenue; Prof.D.P.Roy, Vice Chancellor, OUAT moderated on first day while Prof. Radhamohan, Environmentalist and Mr. Rangalal Jamuda, Chairperson, Odisha State Food Commission moderated on second day of round table.

Mr. Achyut Das, Director, Agragamee, shared the objective of the round table. He said that there are so many things are happening everyday in the country related to farmers.Farmer suicide, migration and displacement,promotion of new kinds of crops and trees plantation like eucalyptus or high yielding chemical maize are going on. The food and nutrition security of millions of families involved in farming are threatened. So the initiative of doubling farmers income within next 5 years can raise a light of hope.

Mr. Sourav Garg, Principal Secretary,Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment, Government of Odisha, said that Government has taken several measures for the development of farmers and agriculture in Odisha. The growth rate of agriculture sector in Odisha is increasing as per NSS Survey and All Indian Financial Inclusion Survey.Food grain production is increasing, information technology in agriculture also increasing. He shared that Government of Odisha has taken two initiative based on traditional agriculture,one is Paramparagat Krishi Vikash Yojana for organic agriculture and second one is Millet Mission for the growth of production. He informed that millet is going to be add in MDM soon in Odisha.

Mr.Pratap Kumar Jena, Principal Secretary, Department of Water Resources, Government of Odisha, shared that farmers need to change their crop production according to marketability. He also suggest for the cluster wise production for supply of produce to avail market demand.

Prof. Radhamohanemphasized on Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming ( no-till, no- herbicide grain cultivation farming method).Mr. Rangalal Jamuda said that there is a need to focus on both food security and nutritional values among the farmer and tribal communities.

Mrs. Vidhya Das, Joint Director, Agragamee,has presented and raised some major issues of tribal area. As per Global Hunger Index, India is ranked at 100 out of 119 countries for under nutrition. As per National Family Health Survey 36% of children are under weight and whereas tribal community its raised as 45%. So nutrition must be needed. she urged to integrate both small and marginal farmers for growth of production and face to market need.Women should be enter in agriculture system. Minimum Support Price (MSP) should be implemented for Millet, Pulses, Oilseeds etc. Subsidy for traditional agriculture should be raised by policy makers for promotion of organic farming.

Dr. Aurobondo Behera said that there is need of proper implementation of Government schemes for the small and marginal farmers.

Among the participants Dr. Surya Narayan Behera, Ex. Director, Horticulture Department, Odisha; Dr. Nagendra Kumar Mallik, Asst. Agriculture Officer, State Directorate Agriculture; Dr. Prabhu Charan Lenka, Retd. Prof. of Harticulture and Director of Planning and Monitoring, OUAT; Prof. Pravat Kumar Rout,Dean,Extention Education,OUAT;Dr. Sisir Behera, Prof.Agriculture Engineering, SOA Univercity; Mr. Bhaskar Parichha; Dr. S.K. Dey, Former Vice Chancellor, OUAT; Mr. Natabar Sarangi, Organic Farming Scientist; Mr. Bidhyadhar Moharana, Retd. Agriculture Officer, Ms.Sabermatee from SAMBHAV NGO; Mrs. Puspanjali Satpathy from Basundhara NGO; Mr. Prashan Mohanty and Mr. Suresh Bishoi from NIRMAN; Mr. Debjeet Sarangi from Living Farm; Mr. Kailash Chandra Dandapat from JAGRUTI NGO; Dr. S.K. Srivastava, IACR, Bhubaneswar; Mr. Natabar Khuntia, Eminent Environmentalist; Mr. Ekadashi Nandi; Mr. R. Gopinath, MS Swaminathan Foundation, Chenai; Mr. Oliver King,MS Swaminathan Foundation, Jeypore and many other researcher, organic farming practitioner, columnist are actively participated and share their experienced.