Livelihoods News

The fear of a possible dislocation from the land of their birth due to proposed diamond mining is spreading like wildfire among Chenchus, a nomadic tribe facing extinction, in Nallamala forests for the last few days. The State government had allotted 6,000 square km area to De Beers India for exploration of diamond mining and about 2,000 square km of it was falling in Nallamala forests in AP. But they don't know what to do and whom to approach to continue their existence in the lap of nature.

Noted Gandhian and economist L C Jain passed away on14th November 2010 Sunday afternoon at the age of 85 after a courageous battle against cancer. L C Jain  organizer, commentator, activist  was born in 1925, the child of India's first freedom movement. He spent more than six decades of his life as an impassioned crusader for what Gandhi called India's second freedom struggle.


India, the world’s second largest developing country, is experiencing rapid growth in its poultry and aquaculture sector. Its poultry sector growth is being driven by rising incomes and a rapidly expanding middle class, together with the emergence of vertically integrated poultry producers that have reduced consumer prices by lowering production and marketing costs.
For aquaculture industry, India’s aquaculture production has been increasing in the last decade. Although the major part of export of cultured products is shrimps, the contribution of carps, such as rohu, has been increasing over the years.

The Karnataka State Government has approved Rs. 30.50 crore to take up road works under the Chief Minister's rural road development scheme for 2010-11, covering 61 non-special development plan (SDP) taluks in the State. The three taluks of Kodagu, Madikeri, Somwarpet and Virajpet, would get Rs. 50 lakh each.

The World Bank recently granted a $100 million loan to Maharashtra for the implementation of the Maharashtra Agricultural Competitiveness Project, which aims to increase productivity, profitability and market access for the farming community in the state. The agreement was signed by representatives of the Central and state government and the World Bank. The project will be financed by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm, which provides interest-free loans with 35 years for maturity and a 10-year grace period.

Indian Dairy Association (IDA), Easy Zone, is organizing the 39th Dairy Industry Conference in Kolkata on February 4-6, 2011. The theme of the conference is “Dairying: Path to Sustainability.” The conference will provide an excellent platform for interaction and sharing of experience with eminent professionals, experts, researchers, policy-makers and milk producers from diverse corners of India and abroad on different important, mind-boggling and timely sub-themes. To commemorate the event, an Exhibition will be organised to showcase the advancement of dairy and allied industries. An expressive poster session with latest research findings will be an added attraction of the conference.

Karnataka Government has decided to develop comprehensively 18 horticulture farms under private-public partnership (PPP) model. These farms will be given to private entrepreneurs for a 30-year lease for the purpose.  Only 18 of the 410 government farms in different places would be developed on PPP model on a trial basis. If found beneficial to the Government and the farmers, the scheme would be extended to other farms. Under this scheme, the private entrepreneurs would be expected to ensure farmers' prosperity besides meeting the needs of seeds and seedlings and educating the farmers in proper cultivation methods. The Government would provide a subsidy of 40 per cent in the form of incentive to those willing to set up cold storage facilities in the State.

Paddy crop in at least 40,000 acres suffered damage in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh State due to heavy rain that lashed the district for three days. Paddy, 1,000 acres of groundnut, 3,000 acres of cotton and other horticultural crops too suffered damage. Machilipatnam, Gudur and Kruttivennu mandals that received the maximum rainfall bore the brunt of nature's fury.

The Think Tank Initiative (TTI), a partnership of major donors, has awarded $21 million in grants to 16 independent policy research institutions in South Asia, nine of them from India. These include the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies; Public Affairs Centre; Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy; Institute of Rural Management; National Council of Applied Economic Research; Centre for Policy Research; Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability; and the Institute of Economic Growth and Centre for the Study of Developing Societies from India.

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has estimated a potential for credit deployment to the tune of Rs 37,000 crore in Karnataka during 2010-11. Karnataka was one of the pioneer states in micro-finance. The cumulative number of self-help groups (SHGs) formed stood at 5.19 lakh, covering nearly 77.55 lakh rural families. As many as 28,780 fresh groups had been credit-linked and 34,549 SHGs had been repeatedly financed with bank loan assistance of Rs 475.01 crore, taking the cumulative credit support to Rs 4750.75 crore. Nearly Rs 222.87 crore was released as refinance for 19,678 groups, covering about 2 lakh groups. The programme is being implemented in the state through 73 banks and 720 NGOs.