Livelihoods News

NEW DELHI: Taking a cue from PM Narendra Modi’s call to bring more and more farmers under crop insurance to mitigate risk, the agriculture ministry has planned to bring in modified guidelines to fast track implementation of the ongoing scheme and increase its coverage to 50% of the gross cropped area in 2018-19.

The School of Agriculture at Lovely Professional University (LPU) organised a two-day national conference ‘SAFNS-2018’. The main topic of the conference was ‘Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Security’.

As many as 106 scientists and researchers, 384 research scholars, and hundreds of agriculture students from across the country participated in the conference.

Lakshadweep and Meghalaya are the best among all 35 states and union territories of India at providing land rights to women, while Punjab and West Bengal are the worst, according to an index created by the Bhubaneswar-based Center for Land Governance, an arm of consultancy firm NR Management Consultants (NRMC).

MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reiterated that India aspires to, and is moving towards, a $5 trillion economy over the next few years with sustained, comprehensive and holistic development.

Inaugurating the first mega global investors summit, "Magnetic Maharashtra: Convergence 2018" here, he said the country is on the firm path of development simultaneously with the development of the states.

TEHRAN- Iran and India inked several cooperation agreements on economy, agriculture, and development in New Delhi and in the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, Iranian presidential website reported.

One of India’s leading agricultural companies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a World Bank-funded government project to help provide important information to growers so they can become more competitive.

The MACP is led by the Maharashtra government and aims to increase productivity, profitability and market access for farmers in the west-central region.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has established 473 Village Resource Centres (VRCs) in 22 states across the country. The centres, which have been established in association with selected NGOs, Trusts and state government departments on a pilot scale, will demonstrate the potential of satellite technology for development of rural areas.

Addressing the Lok Sabha on Thursday, 8 February, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said in a written reply that around Rs 18 crores has been spent for establishing the 473 VRCs.

New Delhi, Feb 6 (PTI) Indias fiscal deficit is expected to come in at 3.5 per cent of GDP in financial year 2018-19, as policymakers seek to promote economic growth by reducing the pace of fiscal consolidation, says a report.

According to the report by BMI Research, a unit of Fitch Group, there is room for fiscal slippage as the government seeks to achieve its 7.5 per cent growth target.

India has imported 50.8 lakh tonnes of pulses for Rs 17,280 crore during April-December period of this fiscal, the government today said.

Pulses output increased sharply to an all-time high of 22.95 million tonnes in 2016-17 crop year (July-June) from 16.35 million tonnes in the previous year, as per the agriculture ministry data.

Government is launching 'Modicare', a flagship healthcare scheme to cover 10 cr poor families across the country, announces Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech in Parliament on Thursday. The scheme will also provide Rs 5 lakh per family per year.

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