Bhubaneswar: Workshop on “Doubling Farmers Income” was organised by Madhusudan Institute of Cooperative Management, Bhubaneswar on 25th February 2019. Dr. T. Pradhan, IAS, Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Odisha, Sri T. Prasad Rao Dora, Internationally reputed Co-operator and President National Fisheries Federation, Sri Mohan Kumar Mishra, Secretary, National Council for Cooperative Training, New Delhi and Sri P.K. Mohapatra, General Manager, NABARD Regional Office, Bhubaneswar graced the occasion as honourable guests. Sri Shantanu Ghosh, Director of the Institute welcomed the Guests and delegates. In his welcome address he has indicated the objective of the Workshop and introduced the points of discussion. Sri Mishra, Secretary, National Council for Cooperative Training, New Delhi in his deliberation stressed upon effective linkage between farmers with research institutions, enhancing purchasing power of farmers and diversification of the crops looking into market demand based on recommendations of Dalwai Committe Report on DFI. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Pradhan, Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Odisha, emphasised upon the role of Cooperatives and present schemes of Government of Odisha enabling in augmentation of farmers income.
Sri Dora, President, FISHCOPFED and FISHFED (Odisha) during his speech touched upon the fact that the fish farming can be integrated with agriculture for enhancing income and also emphasised upon the remarkable performance of fishery sector in Odisha. Sri Mohapatra, General Manager, NABARD, Bhubaneswar highlighted on value addition and processing of agri-produce, adoption of technology, corporatisation and price discovery of agri-produce. Delegates from Cooperative Societies, FPOs, Progressive Farmers, SHG members and Agri-Preneurs shared their experiences and success stories.
The Workshop concluded with feedback from delegates expressing their concern over implementation of PMFBY, damage of crops due to animal attacks, lack of remunerative price and also sought the attention of respective departments for proper implementation of farmer friendly schemes. 150 numbers of delegates comprising farmers, researchers, agri-preneurs, representatives from FPOs, SHGs and Cooperative societies attended the Workshop.