Livelihoods News

Banks should focus more on women self help groups to expand the reach of the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, urged Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde at an event to promote the central government scheme to fund the non-corporate small business sector in the country.

Mohammed Mohsin, district in-charge Secretary, has said that the government has held meetings in seven districts on Vision-2025, and people have thrown focus on agriculture, tourism and industries.

Addressing presspersons during a public meeting on Vision-2025 here on Tuesday, he said that while seven meetings were held in the coastal districts, two meetings are being held simultaneously in Vijayapura and Kalaburagi on Tuesday.

Millions of India's poor artisans and craftspeople, struggling to keep alive their traditional crafts and livelihoods, have been hit hard by the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that has pitted them in an unequal battle against machine-made products, says craft activist Laila Tyabji.

"The position of weavers is very vulnerable today because of GST. Handloom (products) were free of tax all these years, and it was very much part of national policy," Tyabji told IANS in an interview.

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday said that the Central Government and the state governments must work together to accelerate the growth in the agriculture and food processing industry in the country by rolling out policies and incentives in the sector.

In a session called Weaving a Better Future at the India Economic Summit 2017 organized by the World Economic Forum and the Confederation of Indian Industry, the textiles industry and its various dimensions were discussed.

“Textile production in India contributes 4 per cent of GDP and 15 per cent of exports and is one of the largest generators of employment, yet Indian textiles lack export competitiveness,” said Daniel Moss, Global Economics Writer, Bloomberg View, the moderator of the session.

CHANDIGARH: The price of basmati paddy — the premier long grain rice in its unshelled form — has increased 30-45% from last year as farmers harvest a lower output in India, the largest producer and exporter, even as demand remains steady globally. Traders expect the price to remain firm through this season.

India gets increasingly monsoon-proof in farm output, but some areas still vulnerable

Indian agriculture's reliance on monsoon rainfall has reduced considerably over the last few years thanks to the increase in area irrigated, although there are still pockets — particularly in east and central India — where rains still are a decisive determinant of crop.

SHIMLA: With the announcement of assembly elections expected anytime, it's raining projects in Himachal Pradesh. If chief minister Virbhadra Singh is on a foundation stone laying spree, the Union government is not too far behind in sanctioning projects for the state.

The launch of the ‘Saubhagya’ scheme to provide 24x7 electricity to every home in the country, including that last hut in that far corner of India, saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again going for the jugular. In the process, he reached out to the country’s poor, women and youth, whom BJP views as a ‘catchment area’ for 2019.

New Delhi: Production of kharif crops this year is likely to be lower than last year, the agriculture ministry said in its first advance estimates, with the only exception being sugarcane.

Production of foodgrains such as rice, pulses and coarse cereals is likely at 134.7 million tonnes in 2017-18, about 2.8% below last year’s record crop of 138.5 million tonnes, ministry estimates showed.