Livelihoods News

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has formed two new high-powered ministerial panels led by him to bring the might of the government to tackle the two challenges facing it — economic growth and jobs — in an urgent and concerted manner, sources familiar with the matter have told News18.

After taking charge of the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry, Union Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar held a review/presentation meeting with senior officers of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare at Krishi Bhawan. Ministers of State for Agriculture Shri Parshottam Rupala and Shri Kailash Choudhary were also present.

Nearly 8,000 people, including leaders of the decimated opposition bloc, are expected to attend the ceremony that will fete the incredible rise of 68-year-old Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take his oath of office on Thursday along with his ministers, though he suffered a setback at the start of his second term when key aide and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley opted out of the next government.

CRISIL thinks that lower cotton production is expected to shrink India’s cotton stock to a two-year low of 1.2 months by the end of CS 2019.

Ratings agency CRISILNSE -1.28 % expects the operating margins of domestic cotton yarn spinners to shrink 100-150 basis points (bps) in fiscal 2020 amid lower cotton output, rising cotton prices and moderating demand, reversing the recovery seen the previous fiscal.

The seafood industry feels the need for sustainable aquaculture to counter setbacks and increase production.

Shrimp production in the country, after showing a consistent growth in the last decade, is likely to drop by 10 to 15% this year as low prices and fear of spread of diseases among shrimps have forced aquaculture farmers to cut production in the farms.

The Ganjam District Disaster Response Forum (GDRF), a joint front of 47 NGOs, continues to be a major relief force during natural calamities,like the recent cyclone Fani, in this district of Odisha.

The setting up of more than 50 biogas plants in 10 tribal hamlets in Gudalur and Pandalur taluks by the Airbus Foundation has succeeded in saving forest cover, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and providing livelihood to some of the most impoverished primitive tribal groups in the Nilgiris.

Kochi: A group of paddy farmers in Kerala has taken the initiative to form an association linking with compatriots in other southern states to provide marketing support and ensure fair price for their produce by eliminating middlemen.

The Cyclone Fani in South East Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by this noon. India Meteorology Department said it will further intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow morning. It is moving in a north westwards direction at a speed of 21 kilometres per hour.

Puducherry is expected to get heavy rain during the next few days due to a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal which could transform into a cyclone Fani.

Territorial Chief Minister V Narayanasamy held discussions with officials of various departments, including Revenue and Disaster Management, along with his ministerial colleagues, after the sounding of the alert.