100 storage godowns opened, mobile phone scheme for women farmers launched

Bhubaneswar, Aug 12: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday dedicated
100 godowns for storage of agricultural produce in villages and launched free mobile
phone distribution scheme to 41,000 women farmers in State. 
“The two initiatives reinforce our persistent efforts for
strengthening agri-infrastructure and empowering farmers with latest technology
to access important agricultural information at their fingertips,” said Patnaik.

“My Government has taken up an extensive programme to
establish 1,264 godowns across villages with a cumulative capacity of 3.5 lakh
metric tonne. The 100 godowns inaugurated today will enable storage of 41,425
metric tonne of grains,” said Patnaik.

Patnaik also said that the mobile phones will provide key
agricultural information under the Digital Mandi scheme, thus enabling our
woman farmers to take timely and prudent decisions while saving them from
exploitation of middlemen.
Maintaining that strengthening of agriculture,
agri-infrastructure and farmers’ facilitation are also highest on his governance
agenda, Patnaik said that cooperative loans for farmers account for 65 percent
of disbursed loans in Odisha as compared to the National average of 16 percent. 
The initiatives was launched as part of birth centenary
celebrations of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.

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