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Odisha Government Planning to Develop Vision 2030 for Downstream Industries

Odisha would focus on creating enabling infrastructure to reduce logistics cost for the industries in future

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Vision 2030 for development of downstream industries was presented highlighting the key role of primary metal manufacturers in the state. Wikimedia Commons

The Odisha government is developing a Vision 2030 for downstream industries to achieve more than 50 per cent value addition to the primary metal produced in the state, said Industries Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra on Thursday.

Addressing more than 60 steel manufacturing companies, the Minister said that Odisha provides an unparalleled conducive ecosystem for the steel industries to expand their manufacturing facilities.

An interactive meet held on Thursday with the steel manufacturers of the state to discuss the vision of achieving 100 million tonne per annum (mtpa) capacity of steel production in Odisha. Vision 2030 for development of downstream industries was presented highlighting the key role of primary metal manufacturers in the state.

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Odisha would focus on creating enabling infrastructure to reduce logistics cost for the industries in future. Wikimedia Commons

Highlighting the facilitation and aftercare framework set up by the government to handhold the industries, Industries secretary Sanjeev Chopra said that over the past two decades, the state government has focused on manufacturing of value added products in the state.
He said that the state would focus on creating enabling infrastructure to reduce logistics cost for the industries in future.

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Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) chairman and managing director Sanjay Singh said the government has created land bank of more than one lakh acres for quick allotment so as to enable large scale investments. He also highlighted unique initiatives being taken up to provide industry-ready skilled manpower for all industries setting up in the state particularly in the steel sector. (IANS)

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This is How Stubble Burning is Avoided in Odisha

The state is one of the largest producers of rice in the country

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Agriculture in Odisha is the mainstay of the majority of the populace. Pixabay

Unlike north India, crop stubble burning is not prevalent in Odisha even though it has started making inroads unto several parts of the coastal state.

Air pollution due to stubble burning has turned a critical health hazard in north India.

Agriculture in Odisha is the mainstay of the majority of the populace. The state is one of the largest producers of rice in the country. The state government has fixed a target of procuring 60 lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the kharif marketing season (KMS), 2019-20.

However, instead of burning the stubble, the farmers use the paddy straw in various ways such as cattle feed, compost manure, roofing of thatched houses, biomass energy and mushroom cultivation.

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Air pollution due to stubble burning has turned a critical health hazard in north India. Pixabay

“In Odisha, we don’t resort to paddy residue burning unlike in north India where pollution level has increased manifold due to crop stubble burning and other reasons. We cut down the paddy straw and bring it for using cattle fodder and roofing of thatched houses,” said farmer leader Akshay Kumar.

“I have purchased paddy straw of Rs 50,000 for mushroom cultivation. I have been doing mushroom cultivation for several years. Sometimes, I have purchased paddy straw at a higher price as many people have adopted the cultivation since it gives good profit,” said Stephenson Sahu from Patharkhamb village in Dhenkanal district.

Moreover, Odisha is going to have a Second Generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-Refinery, first in the country to produce ethanol using rice straw as feedstock, in Bargarh district, one of the major paddy producing districts in the state.

The bio-refinery to be set up by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) will utilise about two lakh tonnes of rice straw annually as feedstock which will be sourced from nearby locations.

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The agriculture sector provides employment to more than 60 per cent of the population, making it the largest employment sector of the state.

The state has total geographical area of 155.71 lakh hectares of which total cultivated land is about 61.80 lakh hectares, which constitute about 39.69% of the total geographical area of the state. Small and marginal farmers form more than 90% of the farming community, according to a report of the Agriculture Department. (IANS)