Livelihoods News

The "100 per cent organic state" Sikkim, the first in the world, will get the "Oscar for best policies" at a UN ceremony in Rome and it bolsters efforts to attain the Sustainable Development Goals, an Indian MP said on Sunday.

Sikkim beat out 51 other nominees from 25 countries for the Future Policy Award 2018 -- the world's best laws and policies promoting agro-ecology -- which will be presented during the World Food Week at headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday.

India’s basmati-rice exports are expected to pick up, as key importer Saudi Arabia is set to adopt easy residue parameters to take delivery of consignments. With India taking steps to reduce the deposit of harmful chemicals on rice, local authorities expect the European Union also step up imports from India.

India, which is the second largest food producer globally, is expected to witness yet another good crop this year because of near normal monsoon for the third consecutive year.

But for farmers, who account for more than 50% of the country's 1.3 billion population, the possible good harvest may not be really bringing in the good news because of falling income and profitability.

India is blessed with youth power and with talent at that but they need skills, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Nachimuthu Polytechnic College in Pollachi on Wednesday.

Skilled youth were fewer and to skill the youth, governments should devise various programmes.

The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has improved mobility and increased access to economic opportunities, triggering a structural transformation in rural India, a World Bank draft report says.

Titled ‘Impact Evaluation of PMGSY’, the draft report reviewed by Hindustan Times presents the results of an impact evaluation of the rural roads scheme using data from Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan collected in 2009 and 2017.

New Delhi, Oct 6 (PTI) The National Health Agency (NHA), responsible for implementing the PMJAY, in a circular has advised states to authorise district collectors and district magistrates to identify eligible beneficiaries under the scheme.

The move comes amid reports of names of some people, who do not fall in the specified deprivation categories of the SECC data, figuring in the list of eligible beneficiaries.

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said farmers from the state would be rewarded with Rs 100 crore if they won Nobel prize in natural farming.

He said the government has set a goal of achieving 100 percent zero-budget natural farming (ZBNF) across the state by 2024.

Addressing a training programme for farmers in ZBNF, the Chief Minister said five lakh ryots have taken up cropping under this method in the state this year.

New Delhi, Oct 3 (KNN) In a bid to strengthen MSME credit growth, the central government has enhanced the loan limit to over Rs 1 crore for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) under the Prime Minister Employment Generation Program (PMEGP).

Speaking about this move, MSME Minister, Giriraj Singh said “the government was lending between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 1 crore to successful entrepreneurs at 15 per cent interest subsidy but such entrepreneurs can now apply for loan over and above the limit.”

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Monday described exorbitant costs of health care as a social crisis and said a survey should be conducted to find out the number of elderly people pushed into destitution and poverty due to high costs of prolonged treatment.

Naidu, in this context, said programmes like 'Ayushman Bharat' have come as a boon to elderly people and suggested that a special drive is launched to enrol senior citizens, especially from villages and rural areas.

Agricultural engineer Vilas Shinde has reaped a rich harvest. Sahyadri Farms, the farmer producer company (FPC) set up by him in 2011, has grown to become the largest FPC in the country, with a membership of 8,000 farmers and a turnover of Rs 300 crore. It has overtaken Mahindra Agribusiness to become India’s largest grape exporting company, and many say it may well be on course to revolutionise the fruits and vegetables business in favour of growers just as Amul did for milk producers of Gujarat

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