Bhubaneswar: The state government has been awarded for its special scheme of tribal cluster agriculture production programme.
The SKOCH Governance Award for 2019 was given in the national capital for the good works done by the government under the scheme.
Director, Horticulture, Bijaya Ketan Upadhaya, received the award in the 61st SKOCH summit organized at New Delhi.
The project for which Odisha was awarded was selected among 1000 other projects across India. Out of 1000 project applicants, 600 projects were called for presentation, from them 200 projects selected to semi-finals for SKOCH Order of Merit Award. Finally, the jury evaluation team adjudged project from Odisha for SKOCH Governance award 2019 in Gold category.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched the project November 6, 2018 aiming to trigger growth in farm sector with an objective to double the income of one-lakh small and marginal women farmers by establishing Agriculture Production Clusters (APCs) in 40 backward blocks of 12 tribal dominated districts in the state over a period of 4 years.