Livelihoods News

An army of 6000 people across 31 states and union territories will act as facilitators in empanelled hospitals to ensure smooth functioning of the world’s largest public health insurance cover for the poor and vulnerable which Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on Sunday.

A new report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative reveals good news where global poverty alleviation is concerned.

Agartala, Sep 20 (UNI) Tripura government has extended the benefit of rural job for two days ahead of Durga Puja to 3.26 lakh families which will cover about 42 percent of rural population, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma said here today.

“Conventionally, the state government provides two man-days additional for rural households before Sharad festival.

Last year, it was for 2.26 lakh families, and this year beneficiaries have been increased by one lakh,” Dev Varma, who also holds the rural development portfolio, said.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved extension of timeline for implementation of the Special Package under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) for Jammu & Kashmir for another year during 2018-19.

A drone buzzes over a farm, capturing images of a rapeseed field in Nyon — the Swiss district famous as the headquarters of European football’s governing body Uefa. The images — captured using a multispectral camera — are analysed on ground using software that maps the soil’s nitrogen content, which is traditionally done by physical testing of the soil. It can also identify patches with high weed growth, and help farmers minimise the use of fertilisers and herbicides.

Consider this: for nearly 40 years, the average price Indian farmers are getting for tomato is not much different. Adjusted for inflation, the price of tomato remains almost the same in 1978 and 2018, perhaps a little less. Reports of angry farmers dumping tomato onto the streets for failure to get a price that covers even the cost of cultivation have donned the media space for the past two consecutive years.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has approved Rs 65,634.93 crore loan so far to 93 prioritised irrigation NSE -2.82 % projects under the government's flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY), its chairman H K Bhanwala said.

The Nabard is funding the central and state share of 99 prioritised irrigation projects under the PMKSY through long term irrigation fund (LTIF). It is mandated to provide Rs 70,000 crore loan to these projects to be completed by 2019.

The US has alleged that India is providing massive subsidies to its farmers producing rice and wheat and said that other countries need to be concerned about New Delhi's "trade distorting policy".

Chief Agricultural Negotiator Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) Gregory Doud made the comments during a Congressional hearing Thursday.

NEW DELHI: Here’s a little-known story of Indian farming — a happy one. Led by strong and rapidly growing industry demand, a small group of farmers are earning as much as Rs 3 lakh per acre, a figure that’s put in true perspective when you consider wheat and rice farming doesn’t pay more than Rs 30,000 per acre.

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh on Monday urged the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in Anand to come up with a new innovation so that farmers are able to separate A1 and A2 milk for better income. He was speaking at a seminar on the ‘Role of Technology in Doubling Dairy Farmers’ Income’ organised by NDDB here.

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