Integrated Farming System (IFS) programme launched in Nabarangpur district
MSSRF organised a stakeholder consultation on June 22, in line with the launch of Integrated Farming System (IFS) programme in Nabarangpur district. The event was inaugurated by the Collector and District Magistrate of Nabarangpur, Dr. Kamal Lochan Mishra IAS, in the presence of all District level officials from Fishery, Horticulture, Forest, Animal Husbandry, Agriculture, Watershed, Soil Conservation, Odisha Livelihood Mission, and Odisha Mission Shakti.
Moreover, aqua, non-aqua, self-help groups, and landless farmers from the operational villages of Kosagumuda block in Nabarangpur district have participated actively. Dr. M. M. Hossain, Director, Biju Patnaik Tribal Agrobiodiversity Centre (BPTAbC) spoke about the vision of MSSRF. Akshaya Kumar Panda, Development Coordinator, MSSRF explained the objective of the project and highlighted major activity components to be implemented.
District Collector, Dr. Kamal Lochan Mishra, emphasised the project’s relevance in improving agricultural productivity, livelihoods, and sustainability for the district. He also suggested establishing demonstration farms to influence other farmers and facilitate interaction meetings between the successful farmers and others. Based on the feedback from all stakeholders, a discussion was held to identify critical action areas. Priority areas such as capacity building, pond renovation, periphery area labelling, and market linkages were selected.
Mr. Akshaya Kumar Panda, Development Coordinator, MSSRF concluded the meeting.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.