Dr Mahendra Agnihotri
IN 2018, a seed was planted with a bold vision: to bridge the regional economic divide and nurture selfreliance across India’s diverse districts. This seed, named One District One Product (ODOP), aimed to identify, cultivate, and celebrate the unique strengths of each district through a single, iconic product. Fuelled by the belief in ‘Vocal for Local’, ODOP set out to empower artisans, farmers, and entrepreneurs, transforming rural landscapes into hubs of thriving enterprise.
Fast forward a few years, and the once tender sapling has blossomed into a verdant orchard. The fruits of ODOP’s labour are now ripe and ready to be savoured. The ODOP initiative has identified over 1000 products from more than 760 districts across the country.
A vibrant mosaic of handlooms, fragrant spices, and exquisite handicrafts unfolds at the PM-Ekta Mall, a testament to the transformative power of the One District One Product initiative.
Across India, beneath the vibrant tapestry of the ODOP initiative, lie remarkable stories of transformation.
These are not narratives of singular brilliance, but rather anthems of communities rising together, fuelled by self-reliance and the magic of collaboration. Let’s embark on a journey through such exemplary tales, where districts and states intertwine their destinies, weaving threads of economic triumph and cultural pride.
Shopian (J&K) quality apples: Amid Kashmir’s snowy embrace, Shopian’s apples gleam with possibility. ODOP’s magic touch is weaving economic self-reliance, strand by strand. Pack sheds and irrigation arteries, funded by Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM), Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) and Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), nourish dreams and bolster efficiency. The result? A juicy 20 per cent production surge, showcasing the potential for economic growth in the region.
Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand) red rice: NGOs, local administration, and over 700 farmers were empowered with organic farming skills through 15 tailored training sessions. Equipped with vital tools for 1000+ beneficiaries, red rice production surged 25 per cent. This Aatmanirbhar Bharat success story not only bolsters Uttarakhand’s economy but also fortifies its future with sustainable farming practices.
The coffee miracle
Araku Valley (Andhra) coffee cultivation: Araku Valley coffee captivates with its citrus bite and rich aroma. This coffee miracle unfolds as a community symphony. Nearly 1,50,000 tribal families, hand in hand with the Coffee Board and Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), nurture this prized brew. Honouring traditional methods, they’ve boosted output by 20 per cent, fuelled by Girijan Co-Operative Corporation (GCC) loans exceeding Rs 1 crore. Araku Valley coffee isn’t just a cup, it’s a community chorus singing Aatmanirbhar Bharat’s anthem.
Kandhamal (Odisha) aromatic turmeric: Fragrant Kandhamal turmeric, India’s second-largest producer, is weaving stories of self-reliance through strategic diversification. Over 5,000 trained workers, empowered by financial schemes, have joined 1,300 farmers in conquering domestic and international markets. A 70 per cent surge in Government procurement adds spice to the success.
Sweet success stories
Bathinda (Punjab) honey production: Bathinda’s golden honey is buzzing with the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Speedy testing labs reduce wait times, while beekeepers’ savour financial aid like subsidies, loans, and Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises (PMFME) support. NIFTEM’s branding and packaging infrastructure sweetens the deal by making it more cost effective. This recipe has yielded a 30 per cent honey production spike.
Burhanpur (MP) premium bananas: From Madhya Pradesh’s heart unfolds a sweet success story: Burhanpur’s premium bananas. ODOP’s embrace of innovation and farmer support has resulted in a 15 per cent production surge. Now, diversification flourishes, weaving banana fibres into eco-friendly wonders. Participation in global events, including the Global Investors Summit 2023, has showcased Burhanpur’s economic peel, amplifying its taste on the world stage.
The journey continues
From Kashmir’s apples to Andhra Pradesh’s coffee, ODOP’s success is woven with stories of resilience, innovation, and triumph. Each district’s unique thread, once confined to local markets, now shimmers on the world stage, captivating global palates and drawing international acclaim. Beyond golden harvests, ODOP cultivates smiles – not just a program, but a revolution in self-reliance.
The ODOP framework, with its focus on region-specific products, not only elevates local economies but also contributes to the broader narrative of Aatmanirbhar and Viksit Bharat. Yet, the journey continues. Miles of potential remain to be explored, new threads to be woven, and untold stories to be told. As the sun rises on a new chapter for ODOP, one thing remains certain – the sweet aroma of success is only just beginning to fill the air.