Livelihoods News

India added 450 million people over the 25 years to 2016, a period during which the proportion of people living in poverty fell by half.

This period of rising prosperity has been marked by a “dual-disease burden”, a continuing rise in communicable diseases and a spurt in non-communicable or “lifestyle” diseases, which accounted for half of all deaths in 2015, from 42% in 2001-03.

Kakinada: The Dairy Entrepreneur Development Scheme (DEDS) by NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) which was confined to only SC social sections earlier is now being extended to all the social sections for purchase of milch cattle and calves. The scheme which restarted in the month of June will continue till September 2017.

Nagpur: Even as the UN has appealed to the people to connect with nature to save environment, the state forest department and Indian Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN) has physically launched one of the biggest projects ever in Vidarbha to save forests and wildlife with the intervention of communities.

NITI Aayog's task force on the elimination of poverty has submitted its report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Aayog's Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya said today.

Pursuant to the decision taken at the first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 8, 2015, a task force on the elimination of poverty in India was constituted by NITI Aayog on March 16, 2015, under the chairmanship of Panagariya.

Malkangiri (Odisha): Over one thousand mango growers in Odisha’s Malkangiri district are in distress as they fail to sell their produce at actual market prices. While one kilogram of good variety of mango sells at Rs 50 in Bhubaneswar, these farmers are being forced to sell their produce between Rs 5 and Rs 10 per kg sans the availability of marketing opportunities in the district.

Nor do they have any cold store facility to hold back the harvested mangoes to sell them during off-season periods.

MUMBAI: India's 2017/18 sugar production will likely jump a quarter from the previous year to 25 million tonnes as decent monsoon rains are forecast, the head of an industry body told Reuters.

That rebound in output to volumes near consumption levels could sap demand for imports from the world's biggest consumer of the sweetener, dragging on international prices that are already near their lowest in over a year.

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has set a target to construct 24,481 Anganwadi centres (AWCs) by 2018-19 in convergence with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).Administrative approval was accorded for construction of 14,569 AWCs under the convergence programme to tide over financial constraints due to stoppage of Central assistance. However, the progress is not very encouraging.

Tripura is known to be one of the major bamboo producing states in India. Referred to as 'poor man's timber' - bamboo is intimately interwoven in the socio-cultural and economic fabric of the people of Tripura. Around 21 different species of bamboos grow in the state, where 2.46 lakh families have been traditionally engaged in bamboo related vocations. Other than handicrafts, one major use of bamboo in Tripura is the making of bamboo sticks that are used in incense or agarbattis.

Under Rashtriya Gokul Mission, on the lines of Gokul Gram, ' Gir Cow sanctuary' has been Approved Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that the Government of India has undertaken several new initiatives in the field of animal husbandry in Gujarat. Under Rashtriya Gokul Mission, on the lines of Gokul Gram 'Gir, Cow Sanctuary' has been approved. This will be established in Dharampur, Porbandar under Livestock insurance coverage.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched the agro-marine processing scheme SAMPADA to promote food processing and promised to make the North-East the economic hub of “new India”.