Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s food security model has turned Odisha into India’s pioneer state in food security, making it a model for the world, the state government has claimed, Orientation reports citing The footprint.
A state government official said Odisha is the third largest contributor of rice to India’s PDS system. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s food security model has transformed Odisha from a state that imported rice from other states to make ends meet before 2000 into India’s No.1 food security state eating.
According to the “State Ranking Index for National Food Safety Act (NFSA)” of the Ministry of Food and Public Supply, Government of India, Odisha has become the highest ranked state in the whole country .
Apart from successfully implementing the national food security program by providing food grains to 3.24 million people of Odisha, the Naveen Patnaik government has also managed to more than double the production of food grains in Odisha, said the manager.
He further mentioned that the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), headquartered in Rome, invited Naveen Patnaik to share the transformational progress made by Odisha in strengthening livelihoods and food security, with a particular focus on marginalized communities and women.
CM Patnaik delivered a speech in the presence of UN WFP Executive Director David Beasley and the senior management team on how over the past two decades Odisha has gone through a transformational journey in the field of food production, food security, livelihoods, disaster management, among many others.
Patnaik shared with this global audience how Odisha had achieved food self-sufficiency, initiated scale-up growth programs, designed and created climate-resilient livelihoods and nutrition, and focused on partnerships to that Odisha continues to make progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the official added.