It has been a decent beginning for farming exercises in the progressing Kharif season as Sambalpur got surplus precipitation by over 45.29 percent in June. According to reports, the region has received 321.11 mm precipitation in the month against ordinary 221 mm. Of the nine squares in the locale, Kuchinda square got the most noteworthy precipitation of 543.80 mm, trailed by 390.10 mm precipitation in Bamra square. A year ago, Sambalpur had recorded just 140.32 mm of precipitation in June. Official sources say that paddy seeds for transplantation were planted across 40 percent of developed land against 20 percent a year ago. Out of 1,04,970 hectare (ha) land, while broadcasting of paddy seeds will be embraced more than 41,463 ha, transplantation of paddy seedlings will be completed overstaying 63,507 ha. The Agriculture Division has set an objective to develop paddy involving high yielding assortment, mixture, and neighborhood assortment. A creation focus of 4,27,760 metric ton paddy has been set for the flow in Kharif season.
“While the locals got a decent spell of a rainstorm in June, we trust the equivalent for the whole year,” said chief district agriculture officer Santosh Ray. The rains have rekindled the hopes of paddy and vegetable farmers for a good harvest. Sundargarh District Administration has launched a massive program to raise awareness among the farmers about Millet production and is also telling the farmers about its nutritional value. Awareness vehicles have been roaming around the villages in the four blocks of the Sundargarh district which have been added to the millets map of Sundargarh recently. Sundargarh Collector & DM Nikhil Pavan Kalyan inaugurated the campaign which also had the presence of Laxmi Narayan Dash, Chief District Agriculture Officer, and the Project Director of Agricultural Technology and Management Agency (ATMA). Many senior officials of the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) and the District Coordinator of Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN) & Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (NCDS) were also present at the flagging off of the campaign. The awareness vehicles left for Balisankara and Tangarpali on Tuesday, while two more vehicles went for Hemgir and Lephripada blocks on Wednesday. “Sundargarh district has been in the focus of the Odisha Millets Mission. After the success in the four blocks, the district administration is now working to encourage Millets cultivation in other blocks of the district in phases. In 2019 around 2000 quintals of Millets were produced and in 2020 we are targeting to yield over 4000 quintals this year”, says Sundargarh Collector & DM. With the support of the District Mineral Foundation (DMF), Sundargarh, a five-year program has been planned out under the “Odisha Millets Mission”. Serious efforts are being carried out to make millet farming a successful business in the district under the auspices of “ATMA”, and the technical assistance is being provided by WASSAN and NCDS. NGOs have been appointed in each block to implement the program on ground zero level and make it a successful business in the village and to bring fortune to the farmers of the villages.
In the current Kharif season, steps are being taken to cultivate millets on at least 100 hectares of land in each of the 4 target blocks of the district. Previously, four blocks of the district Rajgangpur, Kutra, Kuanramunda, and Nuagaon have been covered under the ‘Odisha Millets Mission’. The Sundargarh Collector said that “Looking at the surplus rain in the state and the return of the migrant labours from various state to their villages, this campaign will give them a good source of income for running their livelihood in the villages.” He also said that soon it would also be launched in various other districts of Odisha.