The Central Government, Odisha State government, and the World Bank signed a loan agreement worth USD 65 million on 24 October to support smallholder farmers in the state. The loan agreement to support the Odisha Integrated Irrigation Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture program.
♦ The project The Odisha Integrated Irrigation Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture is implemented in Odisha’s rural areas that are vulnerable to droughts and largely dependent on rainfed agriculture.
♦ The project is expected to benefit about 1,25,000 smallholder farmer households from 15 districts of Odisha, managing 1,28,000 hectares of agricultural land.
♦ It aims to strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers against adverse climate by improving access to resilient seed varieties and production technologies, diversifying towards more climate-resilient crops, and improving access to better water management and irrigation services.