World Bank team comes to Odisha

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World Bank’s support mission has come to Odisha for a nine-day visit to see the progress of initiatives under the Odisha Integrated Irrigation Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture (OIIPCRA).

The team came on January 13 was scheduled to visit Ganjam, one of the 15 districts where the programme is being implemented.

The State Government had signed a tri-partite agreement with the Centre and the World Bank for a $165 million loan in October 2019 to support small farmers to improve the resilience of their production systems as well as diversify the marketing of their produce.

The OIIPCRA is being implemented in rural areas which majorly rely on rain-fed agriculture and are prone to drought. The project is intended to make a more resilient agricultural sector enhancing food security, increasing farmers’ incomes and reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) effect.

The project will support the rehabilitation of 532 water tanks – expected to irrigate 91,435 ha, promote productivity at the farm level, support farmers to reduce the current emphasis on food grains (especially paddy and wheat) and increase the share of high-value and more nutritious products like fruits and vegetables and provide marketing support to farmers who are able to generate a marketable surplus, official sources said.

The project will also support aquaculture in rehabilitated tanks, help farmers access affordable and quality fingerlings and disseminate improved aquaculture practices and post-harvest management. The project is one of the initiatives supported by the Centre under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) to achieve sustainable agriculture-related targets of sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030.