Livelihoods News

‘Schemes include digging of borewells, installation of pumps, water supply through lorries’

Centre’s proposal will include self-employed, agricultural workersThe National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has proposed a labour code which will provide social security cover to the entire workforce in the country, including self-employed and agricultural workers.Even households employing domestic help will also have contribute towards schemes including provident fund and gratuity for the worker, according to a ‘draft code on Social Security and Welfare’ proposed by the Labour Ministry on Thursday.

The agriculture ministry will retain the maximum sale price (MSP) for Bt cotton seeds for crop year 2017-18. It will also maintain the status quo on the trait value. The retail price and royalty fee for genetically modified cotton variety were reduced in the last crop season to Rs 800 per 450g packet of seeds, including a royalty fee of Rs 49 per packet.

The ministry has recently issued a notification informing about cotton seed MSP, according to media reports.

New Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) The government will link 400 of the 585 wholesale mandis in India with the electronic national agriculture market (e-NAM) by this month end to ensure that farmers get better rates for their produce, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today.

The rest will be linked by next March, he said.

Singh said the government’s focus is on increasing output of agriculture as well as allied sectors and reducing production costs to double the farmers’ income by 2022.

NEW DELHI: India will press for expediting negotiations on grain stockholding when a government team meets the World Trade Organization’s chief later this week to discuss food security and easing cross-border movement of professionals amid rising protectionism.

“Agriculture, especially food security, is on the agenda. With the Trade Facilitation Agreement on goods coming into force, some momentum has to be created for food security," said an official aware of the meeting.

Finance Minister Eatala Rajender on Monday presented a revenue surplus budget of Rs. 149,646 Crore for Telangana State for the financial year 2017-18.

United Nations, Mar 11 (AP) The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the UN humanitarian chief has said.

Stephen O’Brien yesterday told the UN Security Council that “without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death” and “many more will suffer and die from disease.”

A good monsoon in 2016 helped in achieving record Kharif crops output, and India is set to replicate the performance in Rabi or winter sown crops too, said a study by economic think-tank NCAER.

As per the NCAER's report on the short-term agricultural outlook for the 2017 Rabi season, Gross Value Added (GVA) in agriculture and allied sector registered a significant 3.3 percent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2016-17 as compared to 1.8 percent growth in the previous quarter.

NEW DELHI: The Centre has directed states to spend 30 per cent of funds allocated towards farm schemes for empowering women farmers, whose share is significant in the country's agri workforce, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today.

He, however, expressed concern over negligible number of women cooperatives in India and emphasised on the need to strengthen by providing financial help to them.

New Delhi: Rural India traded up on housing needs in the first decade of the new millennium, reveals new data released by the government.

A report on household capital expenditure based on the 70th round of the National Sample Survey reveals a sharp increase in the percentage of households incurring fixed capital expenditure, particularly in rural areas, in the 10 years ended 2012-13.