Odisha’s Cooperative System Praised At International Forum

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The food safety program in Odisha is strong because to the cooperative structure. Other nations have praised the effective cooperative approach used in Odisha in an international conference. Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, the minister of cooperation, is in Belgium for eight days and is there to attend the Joint International Cooperative Alliance Committee on Cooperative Research Global and European Cooperative Research Conference in Leuven.

Speaking at the event, Minister Nayak noted that Odisha is one of the most forward-thinking states when it comes to adopting cooperative innovations with the goal of making cooperatives the most viable medium for the state’s overall economic development in general and the development of the economically weaker, marginalized, and vulnerable segments of society in particular. The State’s PACS/LAMPCS are responsible for marketing the farmers’ agricultural products. They buy paddy from farmers at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) set by the Indian government.

Again, the government intervenes in the market through the Price Support Scheme to make sure that agricultural products like pulses and oilseeds are sold above MSP. As a state with a food surplus today, Odisha supplies food grains to neighboring Indian States. The execution of the food security plans and initiatives by the Odisha government have been praised by the World Food Programme (WFP). One of the distinctive systems that we have implemented in the cooperatives’ processes for food production, procurement, and food security is this one.

The Father of the Cooperative Movement of Odisha, the legendary Madhusudan Das, founded the First Cooperative in Odisha in 1898 after visiting the cooperatives established by the Rochdale Brothers. As a result, the cooperative movement of Odisha was historically enriched by some of the best practices of the U.K. and other European Countries. Under the innovative and forward-thinking leadership of Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha, cooperative societies have been playing a significant role in supporting agricultural and other types of growth for the state. The Odisha government has started a number of creative initiatives to provide efficient and proactive governance for all state stakeholders.

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