Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government Tuesday announced its new Agriculture Policy 2019-Samridhi to focus on farmers well being.

The State cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, accorded its approval to the new Policy.

Broadly, the Policy has the objectives of:

1 Ensuring continuous growth in farmers’ income

2 Making the growth process inclusive of small and marginal farmers

3 Ensuring sustainable, stable and scalable agriculture growth

The chief secretary, Asit Tripathy, briefing the media persons soon after cabinet meeting, said the Policy focuses on creating of an ecosystem interlinking inputs- production- market, sustainable increase in yields of paddy and diversification of high value agriculture (HVA), encouraging efficient and ecologically sensitive use of inputs mainly water, land and soil, he added.

Tripathy said, “The Policy has dealt some broad sections like diversification of crop, markets, infrastructure, value chain & processing, production & productivity, livestock and fisheries, research, development, extension, disaster management, insurance and areas with special focus. “

The Agriculture Policy also encompasses activities in different sectors of fisheries, livestock, procurement, credit, insurance, irrigation for boosting overall farmers’ income.