Livelihoods News

NEW DELHI: The governments of India and Tamil Nadu on Tuesday signed an agreement with the World Bank for the multilateral lender to provide a $318 million loan for modernisation of irrigation projects in Tamil Nadu, improve market opportunities for small and marginal farmers and their adoption of climate resilient techniques.

According to an official statement here, around 5 lakh farmers, of which a majority are small and marginal, are expected to benefit from improved and modernized tank irrigation systems.

The Central government has selected 50,000 gram panchayats in about 5,000 clusters to drive economic activities, development of physical infrastructure and human development.

The Department of Rural Development, in partnership with state governments, has completed ranking of 50,000 gram panchayats on the basis of parameters such as physical infrastructure, human development and economic activities.

NEW DELHI: Keeping in view the agrarian crisis and increasing discontent  in rural India, the government has asked NITI Aayog to prepare a roadmap to revive the agriculture sector and suggest measures which can be included in the forthcoming Union Budget.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new skill development scheme having an outlay of Rs 1,300 crore with an aim to create jobs in the organised textile and related sectors.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. The scheme will cover the entire value chain of textiles, excluding spinning and weaving in the organised sector.

The Agriculture Ministry has proposed National Program on use of Space Technology for Agriculture (NPSTA), envisaging integrated use of space and geo-spatial tools for mapping, monitoring and management of agriculture, Parliament was told on Tuesday.

Gandhinagar: Gujarat's ruling BJP on Monday pledged to retain power as its candidates forged ahead of the main opposition Congress in 98 of the 182 Assembly seats, six more than the half-way mark needed to control the House.

Trends from counting centres had indicated a see-saw battle for about 45 minutes, with the Congress at times inching ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party. But ultimately the BJP sprinted ahead but not in the emphatic manner as exit polls had predicted.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 December 2017 approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian and Columbia for cooperation in the field of agriculture and fisheries.

Following are some of the key areas of cooperation:

•        Innovating agriculture practices/approaches.

•        New agricultural mechanizations.

Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Thursday said the government would facilitate solar energy to five lakh farmers in the next two years. While admitting that 12- hour power supply during the daytime was not possible through thermal energy, he said that solar was the credible alternative. “The government would provide 2.18 lakh new electricity connections for operating agriculture pumps to farmers. And also provide single transformer to farmers. Or it can be shared by two farmers to ensure better maintenance.”

More than 3.67 million tons of agricultural products worth $3.85 billion were exported from Iran during the eight months to Nov. 21, registering a 3.5% decrease in weight and more than 9% increase in value compared with the corresponding period of last year, the head of Agriculture Commission of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture said.

Development projects worth more than Rs 40,000 crore, including one related to the new capital city, are in a limbo as the Andhra Pradesh government is caught in a fix over the utilisation of funds under the Externally-Aided Projects (EAPs).

Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu himself sounded sceptical about the “benefits” of the EAPs but it was a political decision which he now cannot shy away from.

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