Odisha: Farmers yet to receive subsidy

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Odisha,Berhampur: Farmers in Odisha’s Ganjam district, who had built different structures as part of National Horticulture Mission in 2015-16, today alleged that they were yet to receive the subsidy guaranteed under the centrally-sponsored programme.

“We constructed green sheds for mushroom cultivation on getting work orders. Though 100 beneficiaries had submitted the completion applications to the authorities, the subsidy amount is yet to be released,” alleged B Narasingh Rao, president of Ganjam district branch, Odisha Mushroom Growners Federation.

Apprising the district collector of their problems yesterday, the mushroom growers in the district threatened to launch a strike. Collector P Choudhury has assured the farmers of taking up the matter with the horticulture director, he said.

“The subsidy will be provided to the beneficiaries as soon as the verification is completed,” Horticulture deputy director Ganjam Bhagaban Das, said.