Livelihoods News

The majority of the population of India still depends on agriculture, therefore the ills plaguing Indian agriculture have to be dealt with urgently. Restoration of health of top soil, optimum use of water and climate change are the three major challenges facing the agriculture sector, said Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, in New Delhi today. He was speaking at a function organized to honour Indian geneticist, international administrator and Father of the Green Revolution in India, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan.

NEW DELHI: Government will soon set up specific agriculture export zones well placed with ports and airports in the country aimed at boosting India’s agriculture products exports internationally, commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday.

The zones have been envisaged under the proposed Agriculture Export Policy.

The government Wednesday approved Rs 7,522 crore fund for creating infrastructure facilities in fisheries and aqua-culture sector to help boost annual fish production to 20 million tonnes by 2022-23 and generate over 9.40 lakh employment opportunities.

India's fish production is estimated at around 12 million tonnes annually.

A daylong capacity building programme was organised for bankers by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) at Samba on Tuesday.

The programme was organised by Surinder Singh, district development manager, NABARD.

NEW DELHI: The agriculture ministry is planning a massive increase in the number of seed-testing laboratories in the country as part of its push to boost crop yield. Officials told ET that use of quality seeds can boost farm production by up to a fifth.

Two months after floods caused havoc in Kerala and flattened major standing crops, leading to losses estimated at over Rs 2,000 crore, the state government has decided to distribute crop inputs, particularly seeds, as a part of the rehabilitation package for affected farmers.

In our country, there are many public schemes. However, there is a lack of services and knowledge to avail these schemes. This is one of the problems that the lakhs of people in Telangana are facing. The grievance redressal system (a mechanism to act on grievances reported by a private organisation or public citizens) in Telangana for 23 rural development schemes has been reduced to just four. These schemes concern lakhs of people who are now left to suffer in the state.

India has been ranked as the 58th most competitive economy on the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness index for 2018, which was topped by the US.

India's rank rose by five places from 2017, the largest gain among G20 economies, the WEF said. On the list of 140 economies, the US is followed by Singapore and Germany at the second and the third positions respectively.

Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at stake from advancing gender equality than any of the 10 regions analyzed in a McKinsey Global Institute report, The Power of Parity: How Advancing Women’s Equality Can add $12 Trillion to global growth. The report says that if all countries were to match the momentum towards gender parity of the fastest-improving countries in their region, $12 trillion a year could be added to global GDP.

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