Bhubaneswa: Under the stewardship of chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Odisha has become a food surplus state from food deficit state. Among the states, Odisha has become the third largest contributor to the public distribution system. In the last decade, Odisha become the only state in the country to double the farmers income. Irrigation coverage has increased from 24.87 lakh hectares to 38.16 lakh hecatres. And, the state had bagged Krushi Karman Award from the government of India for four times during the BJD government regime in the state.

This is what the chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Monday told the newly recruited 76 additional soil conservation officers (ACSOs)  of the state. Patnaik while handing over the appointment letters to the ASCOs said ,”  You must play a proactive role keeping the farmers’ interests in mind. You will be at the cutting edge and you should ensure last mile delivery.”

The function held at Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), here, was graced by agriculture minister Damodar Rout, agriculture production commissioner GK Dhal, agriculture principal secretary, Manoj Ahuja, commissioner-cum-director watershed mission, Sujata Karthikeyan, and OUAT vice chancellor Surendranath Pasupalak.