Farmers across Odisha kick-started the annual agricultural operations by ceremonially ploughing the field and sowing seeds on the occasion of Akshaya Trutiya on Saturday.
Akshyaya Trutiya, which falls on the third lunar day of the month of Vaishakha in the Hindu calendar, is an agricultural festival as farmers seek divine blessings for a bumper crop.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik joined the farmers in the ceremonial ploughing at an agricultural field at Laxminarayanpur in Pipili block of Odisha’s Puri district.
He was accompanied by Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy.
“The State government is taking various steps for development of agriculture and welfare of farmers. Apart from a special agricultural budget, corpus funds of Rs. 100 crore each have been created for seeds and fertilisers. Agricultural loan at an interest rate of 1%, farm mechanisation, strengthening of irrigation and insurance coverage of farmers are among the other steps taken for farmer welfare,” said Mr. Patnaik.
“As per Union government statistics, farm income in Odisha has doubled while initiatives are being taken to increase the income further,” he said.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Prasad Harichandan also arrived at an agricultural field at Paniora village on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar to celebrate Akshaya Trutiya.