Livelihoods News

A total of six million household and 4,50,000 community toilets have been built over the last four years under the Union government’s Swachh Bharat Mission - Urban (SBM-U), according to officials familiar with the development. They also said that 30,000 of these public toilets across 700 cities can now be located on Google Maps.

Even though the science behind weather forecast has developed enormously in the last eleven years, it is still not possible for scientists to accurately forecast spatial distribution of rainfall in each month of monsoon period from June to September.

This year’s forecasts of Southwest (SW) monsoon by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and Skymet were no exception. However, despite deficient rainfall in some regions, production of Kharif crops is not estimated to be lower than last year. 

As part of its USD 200 million loan for Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to implement various demand-side energy efficiency projects in India, the ADB assisted pilot is running in a village in Varanasi where as many as 5,000 households have got smart meters with satellite communication technology installed by EESL.

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.

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