Bhubaneswar, Dec 18 (UNI) Solid wastes from the paper mills and the gypsum for the fertilizers plants will be used by the Orissa government to make one lakh hectare of agriculture land acidic free by next year.
State Agriculture Minister Surendra Naik said the Centre had sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the purpose while the state government had earmarked Rs 1.87 crore for the acidic soil management.
Mr Naik said as many as 70 per cent of the total agriculture land in the state was found to be of acidic nature and efforts would be made to treat the land to increase the agricultural productivity.
The Minister said during the last khariff the fertilizer consumption has increased from 47 kg per hectare to 53 kg per hectare and efforts would be made to raise it further to 100 kg per hectare during the next few years.
Mr Naik said the government also planned to take the growth rate of agriculture from the present 2.7 per cent to an ambitious 4 per cent by the end of the 11th five year plan.
The Minister said the agriculture department would organise a three-day agriculture fair at Bhubaneswar from December 20 where the goods produced by Self Help Group(SHG) set up under the ATMA project would exhibit their products in 150 stalls during the fair.
The fair would also highlight various schemes of the state and central government and the packages announced by Chief Minister for the benefit of the farmers.