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India is currently losing nearly 2% of the total milk production, amounting to a whopping Rs 2,661 crore due to rise in heat stress among cattle and buffaloes because of the global warming."The estimated annual loss at present due to heat stress among cattle and buffaloes at the all-India level is 1.8 million tonnes, that is nearly 2% of the total milk production in the country," said RC Upadhaya, principal scientist, Animal Physiology at National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI). As the milk selling is one of the major nonfarm livelihoods option in the country this is a real threat to the livelihoods of the people engage in the activity, it may also create a demand supply mismatch thereby making the situation more worse in near future.

In a move aimed at providing more trained teachers, select universities will soon offer BEd course along with graduation in science or arts subjects under the 3+1 pattern. The four-year "integrated" course will not be available to the students of commerce stream. The students in three-year graduation course can choose to study for another academic year to get a bachelor's degree in education. Meanwhile, University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to introduce a six-month diploma course for academic administrators to train them in developing skills to manage the education system.
This will provide skilled teachers to support the growing demand for trained teachers in the schools, colleges and universities and hence provide employments.

On Tuesday, 5 October 2010, Indian and European civil society groups and movements will highlight the lack of transparency and business bias in the talks between the EU and India on a free trade agreement, and the threat to livelihoods it represents. They will call for an immediate halt to the negotiations which resume behind closed doors on 6-8 October 2010. The negotiations aim at a trade deal which seeks to increase access to markets but will expose farmers, street vendors, and small businesses to crushing competition and lead to livelihood losses and increased pressure on labour standards. Plans to strengthen intellectual property rights will endanger the availability of affordable drugs for the treatment of AIDS, malaria and cancer. Women will be worst affected by the agreement they said.

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On the eve on International Day of Older Persons or World Elders Day as many call it, HelpAge India released a first-of-its-kind “Economic & Health Survey on India’s Oldest Old (80 +)”. The survey brought out some startling facts.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs. 18.99 crore loan under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for construction of 74 godown-cum-storage structures benefiting 81,946 tribal population in ten districts of the Andhra Pradesh State. The funds will also be used for building 122 domestic requirement sale-cum-storage depots (DR depots) benefiting 41,850 tribal families. These structures would be built by the State government through Girijan Cooperative Corporation Limited in Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal, Chittoor, East Godavari, West Godavari, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. Of the total outlay of Rs. 19.99 crore, NABARD loan would account for Rs. 18.99 crore and the balance would be met by the State government. This initiative will help to reduce post harvest losses to the farmers and other producers due to lack of storage facilities in their areas. And allow them to get better prices as they can sell the produce whenever there is good price in the market  which will increase their income further.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has so far assisted 653 projects in Andhra Pradesh with an outlay of Rs.454.3 crore, under the Central subsidy scheme on development/strengthening of agricultural,marketing, infrastructure, grading and standardisation. This was stated recently by P. Mohanaiah, NABARD Chief General Manager, while presiding over a workshop on the scheme organised by the NABARD Consultancy Services. He offered the organisation's ‘full' support to investors and banks in the formulation/appraisal of projects of agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, milk and meat sectors. This will help farm and non farm livelihoods  and support the income generation process in the rural areas.

New Delhi: To deal with the problem of food grains rotting in godowns, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to consider distributing them at “very low cost” or “no cost” as a short term measure.A Bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma passed this order, taking on record the affidavit filed by the Centre in response to the suggestions made by the court on July 27.


Some African countries are offering land on lease for 99 years for free to overseas farmers and India should grab the opportunity, industry body Assocham said recently. Assocham has sent a proposal to the External Affairs Ministry to consider tapping the emerging agricultural opportunities in Africa and offering to act as a facilitator to help Indian farmers reap the benefits of the huge potential that lie in Africa. The huge issue of food shortage, these countries have begun inviting overseas farmers to come and cultivate their lands. These governments are willing to lease land free of cost for 99 years. Farmers are free to cultivate the land and raise any crop and sell it to the domestic market and also export. Since the lease is for 99 years, it means that a farmer is in control of the land for his life time. It means land for roughly around three generations. The countries that were in the forefront trying to attract agriculturists were Sudan and Ethopia. Several Chinese farmers have already accepted the offer and begun cultivation of land. A number of farmers from Punjab have also on their own initiative migrated to these countries and begun cultivation. However, the chambers was not able to provide statistics on the number of Indians farming in these African countries.


A series of cloud bursts have left 59 persons dead and over 200 injured in the frontier Leh town of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. An army spokesman in Srinagar  said 6,000 army troopers have been rushed to the ravaged area for rescue and relief efforts. The death toll might go up as rescue work was still going on."The old and new bus stands, scores of houses, an Indo-Tibetan border police camp, a central reserve police force camp, a police camp and a government polytechnic have been extensively damaged in the flash floods and mudslides in Leh town," this may further lead to loss of livelihoods and income for the people in the area, also the heavy rain may effect the cutivation due to heavy wather flow and spreading of diseases due to water logging in the area.