Livelihoods News

New Delhi, Oct 3 (KNN) In a bid to strengthen MSME credit growth, the central government has enhanced the loan limit to over Rs 1 crore for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) under the Prime Minister Employment Generation Program (PMEGP).

Speaking about this move, MSME Minister, Giriraj Singh said “the government was lending between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 1 crore to successful entrepreneurs at 15 per cent interest subsidy but such entrepreneurs can now apply for loan over and above the limit.”

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Monday described exorbitant costs of health care as a social crisis and said a survey should be conducted to find out the number of elderly people pushed into destitution and poverty due to high costs of prolonged treatment.

Naidu, in this context, said programmes like 'Ayushman Bharat' have come as a boon to elderly people and suggested that a special drive is launched to enrol senior citizens, especially from villages and rural areas.

Agricultural engineer Vilas Shinde has reaped a rich harvest. Sahyadri Farms, the farmer producer company (FPC) set up by him in 2011, has grown to become the largest FPC in the country, with a membership of 8,000 farmers and a turnover of Rs 300 crore. It has overtaken Mahindra Agribusiness to become India’s largest grape exporting company, and many say it may well be on course to revolutionise the fruits and vegetables business in favour of growers just as Amul did for milk producers of Gujarat

Due to political uncertainty in J&K, where the BJP has been selling the infrastructure development card, projects worth Rs 3,817 crore have been lying incomplete.

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.

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