Livelihoods News

Brazil, traditionally the world’s top sugar producer, is poised to cede the crown to India for the first time in 16 years.

Production in the Asian country this season may rise 5.2% to a record 35.9 million metric tonnes on increasing acreage and improving yields, the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service said Tuesday in a report. Brazil’s output may tumble 21% to 30.6 million tonnes because of adverse weather and a shift to produce more cane-based ethanol.

Bid to reach out to private sector

In a bid to encourage employers, especially in the private sector, to implement the extended 26-week maternity leave law, the Labour Ministry plans to refund them for seven weeks’ worth of wages for women workers with a wage ceiling up to Rs. 15,000 per month. The Ministry is in the process of getting budgetary approvals for the Rs. 400 crore incentive scheme, according to an official statement.

Poor implementation

NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh government will give 10,000 solar pumps for irrigation purpose to farmers at up to 70% subsidy on a first come-first serve basis this fiscal, state agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi said on Thursday.

Solar energy-driven pump set is an emerging alternative of electrical and diesel pump systems in farm irrigation.

India’s economic growth is expected to continue in the coming decades, bringing with it increased per capita GDP and improved standards of living. India’s population is also projected to reach 1.6 billion by as early as 2036. The higher population and incomes are likely to come with not only increased demand for food but also higher demand for food from animal products, along with generation of more waste.

Insurance companies across the country earned a whopping Rs 15,795 crore as profit in two years from the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), according to a reply received under the Right to Information Act.

While the farmers’ wait for increase in income continues, the profit of insurance firms increased by one-and-a-half times in just one year of the introduction of the PMFBY.

Chennai: On November 15, the cyclonic storm Gaja will make its landfall across the Tamil Nadu coast between Cuddalore and Pamban. Heavy rainfall and wind will also be unleashed on the state along with the cyclone and as many as 30,500 rescue personnel have been kept on standby, as per the Met office.

More than half the poorest of India’s poor, entitled to monthly doles, have not had their Aadhaar details verified with the authorities, prompting the Centre to push the states to bridge the gap in a “mission mode”.

The Cabinet Thursday approved a proposal to manage Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and three other airports under public private partnership (PPP). The three other aerodromes are those at Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru. The operation, management and development of all these aerodromes, owned by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), would be done under PPP, an official tweet said. This would be done through Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC).

The Government of Tamil Nadu has approved a supply chain management scheme in the state that aims to directly benefit the farmers without any agent or middleman.

The scheme, a first of its kind in India, has been sent to the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for its nod. It is likely to see the proposal through an internal assessment. The scheme includes setting up warehouse infrastructure, primary processing centres (PPCs) and cold storage.

NEW DELHI: Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka doled out the highest subsidies for fisherfolk in 2017-18, including a sales tax rebate on diesel and financial assistance during a fishing ban, India has told the World Trade Organization (WTO).