Livelihoods News

New York, 8 March 2018 - The Government of India, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) signed, on 8 March, a partnership agreement to expedite the post-earthquake reconstruction process in Nepal.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day in the 21st century, the need for empowerment of women is an idea that everyone acknowledges as important. However, following up ideas and ideals with actions is of prime importance. In this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads the way.

Education of mothers on the benefits of tetanus vaccination increased immunization coverage in a randomized trial set in rural India, according to new research this week in PLOS Medicine by Timothy Powell-Jackson of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and colleagues.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Centre has included Kannur, Malappuram and Wayanadin the first phase of National Nutrition Mission (NNM) that will be launched across the country on March 8. In the first phase, the project is being implemented in 162 districts across eight states. In Kerala, beneficiaries will be mapped through the 7,186 anganwadis in the three districts. While Kannur has 2,504, Malappuram and Wayanad have 3,808 and 874.

NEW DELHI: India’s foodgrain production is forecast to grow to a record in the crop year ending June 2018 after a normal monsoon and wider planting in winter, the agriculture ministry said.

Foodgrain output is expected to increase 0.9% to 277.49 million tonnes, exceeding the previous record of 275.11 million tonnes during 2016-17, the ministry said in its second advance estimate of major crops.

Exhorting the Indian banking sector to invest in long-term assets to improve capital formation in the agriculture sector, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday that the credit flow target of Rs 11 lakh crore for the sector during 2018-19 is achievable.

“Investments in financial technology over the past few years have brought in efficiency, speed and transparency in the rural financial ecosystem.

New Delhi: In the latest edition of his monthly radio programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is heading towards a women-led development from only women development. It is the dream of a ‘New India’ where women are empowered and are equal partners in country’s progress, he said.

The Prime Minister said, “We are discussing development under the leadership of women. India is heading towards women-led development from only women development.”

Organic farming originated in the early 20th century and was a part of a wave of changing farming practices. It relies on fertilisers of natural origin — such as the ones derived from animal matter, animal excreta (manure), human excreta, and vegetable matter ( compost and crop residues) — and emphasises on farming techniques such as crop rotation and companion planting.

Commissioner for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development B. Ramanjaneyulu has appealed to village secretaries, sarpanches and MDOs to consider the villages as their own to ensure speedy development and to implement government schemes in a better way. He said that State government would soon issue a G.O. to utilise Sthree Nidhi (Dwacra Women fund) in case the Centre delays releasing funds for MNREGS works.

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.

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