Bhubaneswar, 24 May-2014: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated State-level fruit festival on Saturday at Adivasi Ground, in Bhubaneswar. Inaugurating the festival, CM Patnaik stresses on need for adoption of best methods in harvesting, packaging, grading.
Patnaik said that Directorate of Horticulture should set up cold storage facilities in every blocks. He said that the department should develop facilities to help build a link between its marketing and production.
Pattnaik, said that in Odisha, fruits are being cultivated in 3.28 lakh hectares of land with an annual production of 21.48 lakh tonnes. The State has enough potential in horticulture.
“The State Government has been taking initiatives for development of horticulture. Fruit cultivation is being promoted through the National Horticulture Mission and the National Rural Employment Guarantee plan. The State’s new Agriculture Policy has given thrust on post-harvest management, cold storage, cool chain management,” he said.
Claiming that Odisha has now become a fruit-surplus State, Patnaik said that the mangoes from Odisha quite popular among consumer in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata and other cities of India. Even state exporting mangoes to outside of the country. Patnaik said that the State is selling mangoes and dates to Delhi, Bangaladesh. “This fest is a success story in the horticulture sector,” he remarked.
The festival is being organised by the Directorate of Horticulture at the Adivasi Ground with mangoes, jackfruits, pineapples, chikus, papayas, etc., along with a wide range of products like pickles and juice on display. This year there are 50 stalls are open in the exhibition, nearly 392 kinds of fruits are exhibited in this festival.
The exhibition inauguration was attended by the Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy, Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Bhubaneswar MP Dr.
(Input Source: orissadiary.com)